Asia

Education Crisis in Pakistan

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.

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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.

Published by Alif Aillan Report

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