Functional vs basic literacy

DepEd provides the definition:

A basically literate person is one who has the ability to read and write and understands a simple message in any language or dialecy.

A functionally literate is one who has a range of skills and competencies, cognitive, affective, and behavioral which enables him or her to live and work as a human person, develop his or her potentials, make critical and informed decisions, and function effectively in society within the context of his or her environment and that of the wider community in order to improve the quality of his or her life and that of society.


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