A survey done by in 1997 showed that 25 per cent of population had problems with basic literacy meaning that they had difficulty reading instructions on packages, time tables, etc and that a further 30 per cent of the population had literacy problems which involved reading newspapers, books, etc. Doubtless the situation is getting worse.Adult literacy classes mainly run by volunteers are common through out the country which paints a very different picture of our education than that painted by Lazarus. The problem is especially acute among women....Who are generally ignored by teachers as they tend to be quieter than boys. Ireland has the highest rate of people attending fee paying schools in the EU because you if have the money not to send your kids to one shows a lack of love for them.
Yet our state claims that we have 99 per cent literacy and a grand education system....Why do we deceive ourselves so much?