Lit­er­acy Pat­terns Stag­nant

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The 2013-14 PSLM re­port in­di­cated that Pak­istan could not in­crease its lit­er­acy rate in 2013-14 that dropped to 58%.

The dev­as­tat­ing floods in 2010, short­age of schools, teach­ers, stu­dent ab­sen­teeism and lack of in­ter­est at the level of par­ents, stu­dents and teach­ers – par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas – were the rea­sons be­hind the in­creas­ing il­lit­er­acy in 2013-14.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the labour force sur­vey, the lit­er­acy rate jumped from 2013-14 level of 60% to 60.7% in 2014-15. The male and fe­male lit­er­acy rates stood at 71.6% and 49.6%, re­spec­tively.

The sur­vey is silent on the rea­sons that were ear­lier quoted as causes for re­duc­tion in the lit­er­acy rate in the coun­try.

Un­der the United Na­tions Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals (MDGs), Pak­istan was re­quired to in­crease its lit­er­acy rate to 88% by 2015.

The pro­vin­cial lit­er­acy rates show that ex­cept for Pun­jab, the other three pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments man­aged to im­prove lit­er­acy ra­tios. In Pun­jab, the lit­er­acy ra­tio re­mained al­most un­changed at 61.9% in 2014-15.

In Sindh, the per­cent­age of ed­u­cated peo­ple im­proved by 1.6% to 63% in 2014-15. In KPK, the lit­er­acy rate in­creased to 54.1% due to in­crease in fe­male lit­er­acy, a progress of about 1%. In Baluchis­tan, the lit­er­acy rate in­creased by 2.5% to 54.3% due to im­prove­ment in male and fe­male lit­er­acy, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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