PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION CRISIS
Pakistan today faces an education crisis of unprecedented proportions.
- There are 25 million boys and girls out of school—that’s nearly half of all children in the country.
- Of those children who do go to school, the vast majority receive an education of poor quality.
- 48% of government schools are in a dangerous or dilapidated condition and lack basic facilities such as furniture, bathrooms, boundary walls, electricity and running water.
- On any given day, 18% of teachers are absent from the classroom.
- Corporal punishment is widespread and remains unchecked.
- Budget allocations for education are insufficient and funds that are available are not spent effectively.
Under the Constitution of Pakistan, Article 25-A, it is the responsibility of the state to provide free and compulsory education to every child between the ages of 5 and 16.