The importance of data in making informed policy decisions was highlighted at a report launch on Wednesday.
“Timely availability of data is important for informed policy making,” said Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, acting federal secretary education at the launch ceremony of Pakistan Education Atlas 2015.
A press release said the report has come at a time when progress on the Millennium Development Goal’s (MDGs) is being assessed. Pakistan has failed to meet its MDGs for education.
The report details the situation of education in each district and presents a comprehensive national outline.
According to the report,28 per cent of children of ages 5-9 are out-of-school in the country.
The report also reveals that 39 per cent of the total government primary schools have no drinking water facility while 35 per cent are without toilets, 46 per cent do not have electricity and 34 per cent lack boundary walls.
The Academy of Educational, Planning and Management and UN World Food Programme prepared the report.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2015.