An official survey carried out in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) has shown stark gender difference in education.
According to FATA Development Indicator Household Survey report (FDIHS, 2013-2014), 49.7% males in FATA are registered literate against 12.7% females.
The survey finalised recently, was launched by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mahtab Ahmad Khan and carried out by the Bureau of Statistics, FATA Secretariat with a tripartite arrangement between, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and the Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, with the financial support of Governance Support Project Fata-Multi Donor Trust Fund.
According to the survey, 11.8% of FATA youth aged 15-24 are unemployed.
During this exercise, 4,070 household were surveyed, all the agencies and frontier regions were included except North Waziristan and parts of Orakzai and Khyber agencies because of security situation.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2016.