59.3% mothers illiterate in country: NNS

ISLAMABAD: Female literacy in Pakistan has been a challenge for many decades and the proportion of illiterate mothers was 59.3 percent in the country, said latest National Nutrition Survey.

The survey issued by Planning and Development Division of Planning Commission of Pakistan said the proportion was almost double in rural areas than it urban areas.

“36.6 percent urban and 69.4 percent rural mothers are illiterate”, the survey said. It said 45.7 percent of the household heads were illiterate and the proportion of illiterate heads of household was lowest in Azad Jammu and Kashmir which is only 27.3 percent, whereas the proportion was highest in Balochistan with 58.2 percent.

Only 10.5 percent of mothers completed their 10 years of schooling, the survey said adding, 9.0 percent managed to complete their studies beyond grade 10.

Data from the survey further revealed that about 10.9 percent of mothers from rural areas received education till 9th grade and above while in urban areas 38.8 percent achieved the same.