218,206 schools providing educational facilities

ISLAMABAD: Around 146,185 primary, 42,147 middle 29,874 secondary schools, 2,318 colleges and 141 universities are providing educational facilities in the country including Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Around 75 percent schools are providing educational facilities in public sector while only 10 percent private sector schools are extending education facilities.

The remaining have almost equally been divided between non-formal basis education and Denni Madrassas, said a Pakistan Education for All Review Report 2015 (PEARR).

Total enrolment in primary schools is 17.6 million, with 9.8 million (56 percent) boys and 7.7 million (44 percent) girls.

Enrolment in middle schools is only 6 million with 57 percent boys and 43 percent girls, while enrolment in secondary schools is 2.8 million with 58 males and 42 percent females.

The country also has an extensive network of Non-Formal Basis Education (NFBE) institutions with an estimate enrolment of at least 2.5 million students.

Presently more than 13,000 Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) are functioning throughout the country, having a total enrolment of around 0.6 million.

Local female teachers are employed in more than 80 percent of these schools. BECS are financed by the federal government and operate directly under ministry of federal education and professional training.

In addition, Punjab province has also established non-formal Basic Education Schools in selected areas out of its own budget.

Besides, national Commission for human Development (NCHD) also established about 1,000 feeder schools for grades one to three students in rural areas to improve access and support enrolment drive for primary education.

Private sector is playing an important role in the promotion of education. Private sector enrolment is increasing because of its overall better quality of education as compared to public sector.

Around 25,658 middle schools and 17,696 high schools are operating in the private sector. At the primary level overall 4.8 million, 34 percent children of 5 to 9 years age group are enrolled in private sector schools.

It estimates that 34 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls are enrolled in private schools.

Deeni Madaris are playing an effective role for promotion of education and literacy, especially religious education in the country. The curriculum and courses of disciplines taught in most of the Deeni Madaris are very comprehensive.

Some of them also teach formal education subjects such as Urdu and English languages as well as mathematic and general science in addition to the religious subjects.

At present the total number of Deeni Madaris in the country is 13,240. These Madaris are run by five different Wafaqs.

There are 1.79 million students enrolled in Deeni Madaris at all levels, 1.1 million of these are boys and 0.66 million are girls. Around 58,000 teachers are employed in these institution including 13,000 female teachers.

Source: APP