Gender Disparity in Primary and Secondary Schools Attendance: A Case Study of Chakwal and Vehari Districts
Partner: Plan Pakistan
Year: January 2011
Locale: Chakwal and Vehari
Team Member: Gulbaz Ali Khan
In general the literacy level in females is lower than that of male. This is because generally educating girls is considered less important than educating boys. The perception of boys being the earning members of the family and girls being the helping with household chores only means that parents invest less in girls’ education compared to boys’ education. Most of the girls leave school education after completing their primary school. So the drop out ratio is higher in girls compared to boys after primary school. In this project, data was collected from 768 persons of District Chakwal and Vehari that included never enrolled children, dropped-out children, their parents, teachers, education managers and members of school councils. Two separate teams of field enumerators worked in two districts to collect data. The objective of the project was to explore gender discrimination among school going children, their drop out patterns and its causes.