108. Now I would like you to read this sentence to me.
SHOW A SENTENCE FROM THE LITERACY CARD TO THE RESPONDENT.
IF RESPONDENT CANNOT READ WHOLE SENTENCE, PROBE: Can you read any part of the sentence to me?
CANNOT READ AT ALL 1
ABLE TO READ ONLY PARTS OF SENTENCE 2
ABLE TO READ WHOLE SENTENCE 3
NO CARD WITH REQUIRED LANGUAGE 4 (SPECIFY LANGUAGE)_______4
BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED 5
Cannot read at all
Able to read only part of sentence
Able to read whole sentence
Not ascertained (blind, diff. language)
No card with required language
Blind or visually impaired
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
LIT2 (V155) indicates whether the woman could read. This variable is available beginning with Phase 4 of the DHS.
Persons with less than secondary school education were asked to demonstrate their literacy level by reading aloud a sentence on a card and were classified as "cannot read at all," "able to read only parts of sentence," and "able to read whole sentence." As with LIT1 (V108), those with secondary or higher schooling were presumed to have attained the highest literacy level.
For Phases 1-3 of the DHS, information on literacy was collected using a different approach, by simply asking whether the person could read (LIT1). See LITBRIG for information about using the data on literacy across all phases of the DHS.