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Suggested Literacy and Numeracy Skills Levels for Africa

To be able to upskill  Africans, policy makers and educators will need to establish their literacy and numeracy levels. This is common practice all over the world and is used to determine a person’s suitability for a course or skills training. One body that has worked on establishing levels is the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), which designed a framework to classify educational activities. Borrowing from their classification, I recommend that Africa focuses in the first instance on the ISCED attainment levels:  0 — Pre-primary education1 — Primary Education2 — Lower Secondary EducationAt Level 1, a learner will be expected to: write a message for someoneread and follow simple instructionsread and write whole numbersuse a calculator to add, subtract, multiply and divideperform a basic internet search with a phone, tablet or computerAt Level 2, a learner will be expected to: write straightforward emails and letterscomplete a formread and understand short repor…