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40pc girls out of schools in rural areas

Islamabad–Of total 288 children falling in 3-5 years age group, nearly 32.3 per cent children are not enrolled in any type of schools in rural areas of the capital and almost 40 percent out of school children are girls, revealed Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2010.

The survey was conducted for collecting data about children enrollment in schools, availability of physical facilities including useable water, functional toilet, boundary wall, both in public and private sector educational institutions in 30 randomly selected villages of the capital.

In this group, 67.7% are enrolled in some kind of facility. Only 24% children are enrolled in government schools, 43.8% are attending non-state educational facilities primarily private schools. None of children surveyed is attending a madrasah or another type of school. The school enrollment across all grades of 6-16 years of age group stands at 96.9% comprising 41% girls and 59% boys.

Only 3% children in ICT surveyed under ASER 2010 are not enrolled in schools. Of this, 2.1% children have dropped out whereas 1% have never been enrolled.About water availability, 81 per cent private school rural areas of Islamabad have facility of useable water at primary level while in government sector, only 65 percent have hand pump or water tap water facility.

In government schools 84.6 percent exist with a functional toilet while the 90.9 percent private schools have the facility.

Water facility was available in 100% elementary and 80% high schools. Moreover, 100% of elementary and 80% of high schools are found to have functional toilets in the government sector.

The provision of water and toilet facility in private schools is varying across levels of schools. 81.8% of primary schools have useable water facility and 90.9% have a functional toilet. Water facility is available in 100% elementary and 87.5% high schools.

Source: Pakistan Observer


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