The question on literacy referred to the respondent's ability to read and write in any language. A person was considered literate if he/she could read and write a simple statement with understanding. The question on literacy was asked only of persons 11 years and older. 



School Attendance

Data was collected on school attendance for all persons three (3) years and older. School attendance refers to whether a person has ever attended, was currently attending or has never attended school. In the census, school meant an educational institution where a person received at least four hours of formal education. Although the lower age limit of formal education is six years for primary one, eligibility for the school attendance question was lowered to three years because pre-school education has become an important phenomenon in the country.

Level of Education

Level of education refers to the highest level of formal school that a person ever attended or was attending. This information was obtained for persons 3 years and older.

Activity Status

Activity status refers to economic or non-economic activity of respondents during the 7 days preceding census night. Information on type of activity was collected on persons 5 years and older. A person was regarded as economically active if he/she:


a. Worked for pay or profit or family gain for at least 1 hour within the 7 days preceding Census Night. This included persons who were in paid employment or self- employment or contributing family workers.


b. Did not work, but had jobs to return to.


c. Were unemployed.


The economically not active were persons who did not work and were not seeking for work. They were classified by reasons for not being economically active. Economically not active persons included homemakers, students, retired persons, the disabled and persons who were unable to work due to their age or ill-health.

Literacy and Education

Literacy refers to the ability of a person who is 11 years and above to be able to read or write any language. It therefore does not mean the same as the school attendance or having a formal education. A person could therefore be considered to be literate in this context if he/she could read and write any of the languages without necessarily having a formal education.

 The Upper West Akim District. 44,475 persons age 11 years and above in the district are literate and 15,343 are non-literate. Of the literate population of 44,475, literacy in English and Ghanaian language leads. Almost two-thirds (64.5%) are literate in English and Ghanaian language, followed by 24.7 percent who are literate in English only and 9.9 percent literate in Ghanaian language only. For the age groups, literacy in English only is the highest for age group 11-14 years (30.9%) followed by age group 20-24 (26.4%) with the least being 60-64 years (14%).

Literacy in English and Ghanaian language is 69.7 percent highest for the age group 60-64 years followed by 15-19 years with 69.4 percent. The least is 60.8 percent for the 35-39 age group. The age group 65 years and above has the highest percentage (18.1%) for literacy in Ghanaian language only followed by age 40-44 years (15.0%). The least is the 11-14 years age group who account for 7.2 per cent.
Level of education, school attendance and sex

The data on the number of person 3 years and older by level of education, school attendance and sex. There are as many as 31,202 persons 3 years and older in the district who are currently in school or have ever attended school in the past. There are also more males (16,701) than females (14,501) who are 3 years and older and are attending school. The table also shows that there are more males (0.7%) than females (0.4%) currently attending school at the tertiary level.

The same pattern is observed for those who have attended school in the past. Whereas 2.5 per cent of males who have attended school in the past have attained tertiary level, a relatively lower percentage of 1.0 of female have attained the same level. There are therefore more males than females 3 years and over who have had formal education either currently or in the past.


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