81,200 schools in Pakistan are needed in next 20 years, UNFP


United Nations Population Fund or UNFP highlighted the bad condition of schools in Pakistan and the penetrating illiteracy rate.

According to UNFP report, 81,200 schools in Pakistan will be needed in the next 20 years. Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtonkhwa, and Balochistan will require 35,000, 25,000, 14,000 and 7,200 schools respectively.

The report revealed that around 25% of children between the age domain of 5 and 16 years are out of school. In Punjab, 31% girls and 22% boys are not enrolled. In Sindh and Khyber Pakhtonkhwa, 46% and 40% girls do not attend school respectively. However, the rate is over 50% for girls in Balochistan.

In November 2018, the Human Rights Watch report revealed that Pakistan’s school system was in a crisis, with the lack of government facilities creating “education deserts” for poor children, especially girls.

However, over 33% of girls across Pakistan were not attending primary school, as compare to 21% of boys.


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