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March 10, 2017

Balochistan, FATA top list of out-of-school children

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March 10, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The school dropout scenario in Pakistan continues to present an abysmal picture, with 22.6 million kids not having access to education and as many as 44 per cent children aged between five and 16 still being out of school.

According to media reports, the Pakistan Education Statistic 2015-16, which has been launched by the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) - a subsidiary of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, revealed this alarming picture.

Pakistan's largest province – Balochistan – has the highest proportion of out-of-school children (70 per cent) followed by the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (58 per cent).

 As regards to school infrastructure, the study said 40 per cent of public sector primary schools were operating without electricity, 28 per cent did not have toilets, 25 per cent were without boundary walls and 29 per cent had no access to drinking water. Seven percent schools did not have any building and 43 per cent had unsatisfactory buildings.

 

 

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