Alif Ailaan releases annual district education rankings

Published: May 25, 2016
Top 22 districts are all from Punjab with the K-P’s District Mardan breaking in at the 23rd rank. PHOTO: ONLINE

Top 22 districts are all from Punjab with the K-P’s District Mardan breaking in at the 23rd rank. PHOTO: ONLINE

The Pakistan District Education Ranking 2016, a report compiled by education campaign Alif Ailaan, paints a dismal picture of the state of education in the country.

Since the last four years, Alif Ailaan has been launching district-based reports, which focus on education score keeping in view the access, retention, learning and gender parity in educational institutes across the country. This year’s report was launched on the federal level in Islamabad, taking all the stakeholders from each province on board.

48% schools in Pakistan without toilets, drinking water

Around 48 per cent of schools in the country do not have toilets, boundary walls, electricity and drinking water while Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa (K-P) are ahead of the other two provinces – Sindh and Balochistan – on various educational parameters.

According to the report issued on Tuesday, the top 22 districts are all from Punjab with the K-P’s District Mardan breaking in at the 23rd rank. FR Lakki Marwat stands on the bottom-most rung with 146th rank.

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Despite major budget share, education in Sindh dips

While the lion’s share of the Sindh budget goes to education – the allocation increasing each year – the national education rankings articulate a different tale.

The Pakistan District Education Ranking 2016 reveals that the overall largest decrease in learning scores has been witnessed in Sindh this year. “The lowest learning score is seen in Sindh,” said the campaign’s research chief Saman Naz while presenting the highlights on a PowerPoint presentation at Hill View Hotel, Islamabad, on Tuesday.

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K-P’s rank remains stationary in country-wide report

The climate, security and eventually economic crises of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa seem to have impeded growth in the education sector as the position of the province has not changed from last year’s in Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Ranking 2016. With an average of all its districts, K-P stands on the fifth position among the eight regions of Pakistan, including the federal capital.

While talking to The Express Tribune, Alif Ailaan Campaign Director Mosharraf Zaidi said the ranking report helps in understanding the state of education in Pakistan and call to attention a deep and persistent national crisis. He added in the fourth annual report of rankings, they attempt to not only continue presenting updates on the two indices, of education and schools, but to also offer an analysis of trends that have emerged since 2013 in each district, province or region.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Syed Ahmed
    May 25, 2016 - 2:58PM

    Please share the full report link if you have.

  • Ali
    May 25, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Punjab at the top of education rating by a large margin! All of the top 22 districts in the rating are from Punjab. Mardan comes at number 23. So much for investing in education by PTI. They are all talk and no work. While far from being perfect PMLN at least gets some things done.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    May 25, 2016 - 10:08PM

    While there is no expense like METRO, Underpasses, Roads and overhead bridge, I think KPK should be at the top of list as all amounts are being expensed on education as per toll claims by KPK govt & Imran Khan. But this report presents a black picture of kpk govt.Recommend

  • Haider
    May 26, 2016 - 8:57AM

    Its unfair to compare the condition and the ranking of districts between Punjab and kpk…Its better to compare what was the condition of schools in kpk 3 years ago and what is now.Then u can make a valid comparison..Recommend

  • gp65
    May 27, 2016 - 2:54AM

    Interesting that all those people who take great fun in pointing out lack of toilets in India, have nothing to say here. 100% of schools in India have at least 1 functional girls toilet – the absence of which wan important reason many girls dropped out upon reaching puberty.Recommend

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