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Published Date: May 23, 2014

Punjab highest in ranking for education

Punjab
is surging ahead of the other provinces in education with its 14
districts ranking in the top 20 in education, according to a report
released by Alif Ailaan and the Sustainable Development Institute on
Thursday. The report provides a snapshot of the education situation in
Pakistan’s 146 districts, and shows how widely education standards vary
across the country. It provides a tool to track the performance of
politicians, administrators and education providers, and measures the
progress that the provinces and districts are making. Like last year,
the report said that Sindh, Balochistan, and FATA occupy the bottom of
the rankings with Sindh making its first appearance at number 40 with
Karachi. “This demonstrates a lack of commitment to follow-up on
promises made by the provincial government. A recent example of this is
the pledge that nine political parties made three months ago to ensure
quality education for all the 6.1 million out-of-school children in the
province,” it maintained. According to reports, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
is the second worst performing province despite the government’s
commitment to improve the situation. This is owing to gender disparities
as well as poor learning outcomes in the province. KP is followed by
Balochistan which is at the bottom of the rankings. “The province has
shown poor performance and is a matter of pressing concern, given that
there are 1.76 million children out-of-school,” it said. In Azad Jammu
and Kashmir (AJK), the Poonch District has fallen from its top spot last
year, and comes in the ninth position in 2014. AJK has shown an overall
decline from second position last year to third position this year, the
report said. Although there are success stories this year, with some
districts improving their performances to rise in the rankings, the
report shows that the overall quality and the availability of the
facilities are still unsatisfactory. Chakwal, which ranks highest
nationwide, has a net enrolment rate of just 83 percent, which is far
from the promise of ensuring quality education for all. According to
report, more than four out of six children in Chakwal who are enrolled
dropout before reaching class eight.

Source:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/23-May-2014/punjab-highest-in-ranking-for-education