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2016-03-01 16:40:28

Out of School: Lip service and falling standard of Pakistan education

 

 

 

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A staggering 24 million Pakistani children are out of school, a new government report showed, laying bare the state of education in a country where around a quarter of the population is believed to be under 16. Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015, a rare example in Pakistan of a government document exposing a stark reality. Mosharraf Zaidi, campaign director for Alif Ailaan, a non-government organisation working to improve education, branded the public education system a “complete failure”. The number represents almost half of all school-age children in Pakistan. As ever, there are gender-based and geographical disparities. There are more girls out of school than boys. The highest number of out-of-school children is in Balochistan followed by Fata. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa fares better than other provinces but there too 36 per cent of school-age children are counted amongst out-of-school children. The statistics only get worse. Between 30 per cent to 40 per cent of schools are without basic facilities like electricity, water, bathrooms and boundary walls. They only have a single classroom and the state of many school buildings are deemed “unsatisfactory”. In short, the only good thing about this report is that it exists, which means that some attention is being paid at last to what can only be termed a shameful state of affairs. If Pakistan wishes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN and adopted by the National Assembly only recently, something must be done regarding our education system and fast. According to the Minister of State for Education, Balighur Rehman, the government is committed to making positive changes and is already making efforts to achieve excellence in education. Given our present predicament, it will be a long and arduous road, requiring genuine commitment as well as generous budgetary allocations to achieve even mediocrity in education. It is hoped that this report will prove to be the first step of that journey.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

 

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