An OECD survey of 9,000 people in 24 countries, has showed that England and Northern Ireland have some of the highest proportions of adults scoring no higher than Level 1 in literacy and numeracy.
- 24.1% or around 8.5 million people scored at or below Level 1 in numeracy (basic sums), compared with an OECD average of 19%.
- 16.4% or around 5.8 million people scored the lowest level in literacy (simple texts), compared with an OECE average of 15.5%.
More top news
Cheryl Cole has been named as the "most dangerous celebrity" online measured by the amount of malicious websites linked to a star's name.
A 57-stone man determined to lose weight has become an internet hit after posting on Facebook inspirational videos of his workout routines.
The amount of workers now making the legal minimum has doubled since 1999, a think tank has found.