Pakistan unlikely to achieve primary education-related MDGs: Report

Published: October 15, 2012
Report states around 5.1 million children in Pakistan are out of school, which is second highest number in the world.  PHOTO: FILE

Report states around 5.1 million children in Pakistan are out of school, which is second highest number in the world. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: With Pakistan spending only 2.3% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education, the country is unlikely to achieve its goal of providing primary education to all of its citizens by 2015, revealed the 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring report.

Pakistan committed itself to achieving the Universal Primary Education for All – one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The report, expected to be launched on October 16, stated that around 5.1 million children in Pakistan are out of school, which is the second highest number in the world. The data also states that around 63 per cent of such children are girls.

According to the report findings the number of 15 to 19 year olds enrolled in the upper secondary level of education are roughly twice as high in urban areas as compared to that in rural areas.

The report further claimed that almost half of rural women in the country have never been to school, it adds that in urban areas that is true for only 14 per cent of men.

“Pakistan now has a lesser number of out-of-school children, 3 million less than the out-of-school children in 1999,” the report added.

The report further highlights that out of 775 million illiterate adults in the world, 50 million are from Pakistan – the third highest illiteracy in the world.

It also mentions that 36 per cent of Pakistanis, amounting to 12 million, have neither completed their primary schooling nor have the skills they would require in order to work. This makes Pakistan the second country with the highest number of unskilled young people in the world, just after India.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Khan (Ex-PTI)
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:05PM

    No matter where we stand on the world ranking ladder in any area – it’s OKAY as long as we beat India.


  • Lahoria
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:35PM

    This should be the main headline on ET’s website. Unless we don’t educate ourselves, there isn’t any hope of getting out of the present rut.


  • Nadir
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:45PM

    The sons and daughters or generals, politicans, bureacrats and industrialists are recieiving quality education, who cares about the rest? They should get to work, they are poor because they are lazy!


  • Rani
    Oct 15, 2012 - 10:05PM

    There are millions of problems in education sector. I know.


  • Saheem
    Oct 16, 2012 - 12:10AM

    The real issue doesn’t lie in “2.3%”, it is basically, i guess the mismanagement of funds. even the 2.3% isn’t being utilized fully; sometimes govt. seeking help, to spend this little amount, from foreign agencies.


  • hasan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:41AM

    @Khan: Dont open your ignorance in public dude.. You are comparing a country of 8 times the size, 1.3 Billion people, 32 official language, all religions in world, a miracle of diversity which earns it the coveted title of “sub continent”, with our pakistan? Ours is a small country, only 18 crore people, absolutely NO diversity in language, religion, and other parameters, as we have successfully killed all variances. It would be much easier for a small country like ours to implement MDG. Think again before u comment.


  • Cool Dude
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:31AM

    plz elaborate few important ones.


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