Literacy, Education and Mass Media

Literacy Status of Filipinos (Results from the 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey)

About one in every 10 Filipinos 10 to 64 years old cannot read and write
According to the results of the 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS), about one in 10 of the population 10 to 64 years old cannot read and write or basically illiterate

Almost Nine Out of Ten Filipinos Are Functionally Literate (Final Results from the 2008 Functional Literacy and Mass Media Survey)

Fifty-eight million of the estimated 67 million Filipinos 10 to 64 years old are functionally literate, according to the results of the 2008 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS). In this survey, a functionally literate person is one who can read, write and compute or one who can read, write, compute and comprehend. Persons who completed high school or a higher level of education are also considered functionally literate.

Eight in Ten Filipinos are Functionally Literate (Results from the 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey)

Of the estimated 57.6 million Filipinos 10 to 64 years old, about 48.4 million or 84 percent are functionally literate, according to the results of the 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS). In this survey, a self-administered questionnaire was accomplished by persons 10 to 64 years old in order to determine their functional literacy status. Functional literacy is a higher level of literacy which includes not only reading and writing skills but also numerical and comprehension skills.

Education of Women and Men

The Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) shows the educational attainment of the population aged six years old and over. The survey results in 2003 and 2008 revealed an increasing trend in the proportion of population aged six years old and over who had completed at least elementary education. From 62 percent in 2003, the proportion who have completed at least elementary education increased to 68 percent in 2008.

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