functionally illiterate

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Adj.1.functionally illiterate - having reading and writing skills insufficient for ordinary practical needs
illiterate - not able to read or write
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population was a basketball team, one player on the court would be functionally illiterate.
The OECD tells us that, at age 16, one in six students is functionally illiterate and innumerate.
Neil claimed that after a decade of SNP rule, a fifth of Scots leave primary school "functionally illiterate".
There are also 2.5 million people who are functionally illiterate.'
Though probably of average intelligence and possibly functionally illiterate, Trump does have a fairly clear idea of what he is doing.
"According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, one in four children grows up functionally illiterate, and we believe that is one too many.
The Los Angeles native revealed in the book how she was functionally illiterate until high school, how her mother suffered brain damage from a car accident and how the future star was abused by family members, foster parents and an ex-husband she married twice.
Mike Sonko is a primitive, functionally illiterate thief."
With the introduction of subsidies in schools this year through the free secondary education programme, we are waking up to the reality that 70 per cent of the learners are functionally illiterate. In other words, we are transferring a problem from primary school to secondary school (with our desire to obtain 100 per cent transition) with the hope that it will somehow decimate.
Summary: Many poor readers can sound out words from print, yet they are functionally illiterate -- they comprehend very little of what they can sound out
Consuelo is just one of the 145,000 adults (10%) in our area who are functionally illiterate. Adult literacy helps break the cycle of poverty by giving adults the skills they need to be successful workers and parents.
In the United States, for example, the US National Assessment of Adult Literacy found last year that fewer than 2 percent of American adults (15 and older) were illiterate, but an additional 12 percent were functionally illiterate and effectively pushed out of the work force for anything but stoop labor and ditch-digging jobs.