A recent report by Alif Ailaan and SDPI shines a stark light on Pakistan's failing education system. The report titled "Pakistan District Rankings 2016" finds that Pakistan was unable to meet the Millennium Development Goals targets for universal primary school access.
The report further reiterates that education is nominally a provincial matter under the Constitution, and the private sector has an unmeasured but enormous impact on the education sector as a whole. Yet, both constitutionally and morally, education continues to be the government’s responsibility, starting from the Prime Minister of Pakistan down to the primary school teacher in a village in Awaran.
The document aims to call attention to the evidence of a deep and persistent national crisis; below are some of the highlights.
The national infrastructure score has overall seen a decline, with only 52% of schools in the country having basic facilities.
The bottom half of the rankings has greater representation from Balochistan (29 out of the province’s 31 ranked districts), FATA (ten out of eleven ranked districts) and Sindh (18 out of 24 districts).
The top half of the rankings is dominated by districts from the Punjab (with 33 out of 36 districts), followed by AJK (all ten districts) and Gilgit-Baltistan (six out of seven ranked districts).
The reading material was meant for 2nd graders
In Pakistan, nearly a third of primary schools are single-teacher schools