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Published Date: Jun 21, 2013

Alif Ailaan, SDPI releases first-ever district education rankings

Alif
Ailaan and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Thursday releases
first ever Pakistan District Education Rankings, an in-depth assessment of the
state of education in the country. While the results are not heartening, they
highlight specific issues in the quality of education and the availability of
facilities district by district.

"The
new government has a massive task of tackling the education emergency that
Pakistan is facing. It is a matter of great shame for us that 25 million
children are out of school. Strong political will is needed to change this. We
not only need to focus on increasing enrolment, but also ensure that quality is
not neglected. My government is preparing a plan for accelerated delivery of
education for all," said Baligh ur Rahman, State Minister for Education
while speaking on the occasion.

This ground-breaking study, conducted in association with the SDPI, shows how
widely education standards vary across the country. One of the goals of the
report is to serve as a benchmark against which the performance of politicians,
administrators and education providers can be assessed. It will also provide a
baseline against which future progress or deterioration can be measured.
"The big picture in education is stark and demands urgent action,"
said Mosharraf Zaidi, Team Leader, Alif Ailaan. "With this report we hope
to generate informed public debate about Pakistan’s education emergency."

The
report dispels commonly held perceptions, such as the idea that providing
infrastructure and facilities will automatically improve the overall quality of
education. In fact this is not the case, as demonstrated by the findings for
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), which ranks highest in terms of the quality of
education but lowest in terms of school infrastructure.

Similarly,
it is surprising that no district in Sindh makes it in the top fifty, not even
Karachi. Meanwhile, Punjab takes the top position in the overall provincial
rankings while Balochistan is the worst performing province. "The bottom
line here is that very few districts are performing as Pakistani parents would
want them to. This should be a wake-up call for the government. We need to see
a dramatic improvement in education, if we are not to lose the next generation
to illiteracy and poverty," said the principal author of the report, Asif
Saeed Memon, of SDPI.-PR