Making Quality Education Accessible in Pakistan – A Social Accountability Perspective

Making Quality Education Accessible in Pakistan – A Social Accountability Perspective

Publication details

  • Wednesday | 07 Jan, 2015
  • Shehryar Khan Toru, Muhammad Sohaib
  • Research Reports,Project Publications
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Background

Pakistan ranks the second with most out-of-school children in the world1 . Despite tall claims made by the successive governments, about 5.5 million children – 32 per cent of all 5-9 years old – are still out of school2. Moreover, literacy rate in Pakistan is stagnant at 58 per cent3   for the last few years. On top of the low enrolment is the issue of poor learning. Those who attend public schools remain deprived of quality education. According to UNESCO’s report on the state of global primary education 2013, Pakistan falls among those 21 countries that are faced with extensive learning crisis.

Pakistan’s Education Atlas 2013 reads that public education delivery in the country faces a host of issues that range from poor school infrastructure to unavailability of essential supplies and utilities, from inadequate number of teachers to unavailability of well-educated and well-trained teachers, and from paucity of funds to over-centralization and politicization of district public school administration. In the Punjab, 17 per cent of primary schools have a single classroom each, and 56% students can complete their primary education, which is just 8 % more than FATA4. Amid poor public school governance, the scant resources that are allocated for education largely remain unspent5.