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He is not attending school, Who is to be blamed?

He is not attending school. Who is to be blamed?
Photo Courtesy: Dawer Khan

Two-thirds of Pakistan’s out of school children are girls, amounting to over 3 million girls out of school.

My teacher used to beat me when I was 5, I told my parents but they never said anything to him, so I ran away from school. Now I work in a workshop from dawn to dusk.

-Does your workshop owner beats you?

“Yeah, sometimes.”

A glance at Illiteracy rate in Pakistan:

Pakistan has the world’s second highest number of children out of school, reaching 5.1 million in 2010. This is equivalent to 1 in 12 of the world’s out-of-school children. From 1999 to 2010, the primary net enrollment ratio rose from 58% to 74%. But the ratio for girls is still 14 percentage points behind the ratio for boys, leaving only eight girls to every ten boys in primary school. 49.5 million Adults are illiterate, two-thirds are women. This is the third largest number globally.

Projections indicate that the number of illiterate adults will increase to 51 million by 2015. The country ranks 113 out of 120 countries in the Education Development Index. Pakistan is spending 2.3% of gross national product (GNP) on education.

Sources: Peoples of Pakistan, Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

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