Reported by: The Voice of UK (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Pakistan today faces an education crisis of unprecedented proportions.
There are 22.6 million boys and girls out of school—that’s nearly half (44%) of all children in the country.
• There are 22.6 million boys and girls out of school—that’s nearly half (44%) of all children in the country.
• Of those children who do go to school, the vast majority receive an education of poor quality.
• 43% of government schools are in a dangerous or dilapidated condition and lack basic facilities such as furniture, bathrooms, boundary walls, electricity and running water.
• 21% government primary schools are operating with single teacher and 14% with single classroom.
• Corporal punishment is widespread and remains unchecked.
• Budget allocations for education are insufficient and funds that are available are not spent effectively.
• Under the Constitution of Pakistan, Article 25-A, it is the responsibility of the state to provide free and compulsory education to every child between the ages of 5 and 16.
To compare the state of education in various provinces and territories, see the Pakistan District Education Rankings and heat maps, and the Pakistan Education Data Platform.