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School Education in Pakistan: A Sector Assessment

Institutional Document | June 2019

This assessment describes issues facing the school education system in Pakistan, highlights the challenges, and suggests some possible directions for reform—with a focus on two provinces: Sindh and Punjab.

While average years of schooling in Pakistan have increased along with life expectancy and per capita income, inequality remains high and, by other education measures, the record remains dismal. Illiteracy is widespread and almost 23 million children aged 5–16 are not in school—a worrying statistic for a country whose current workforce is young, mostly unskilled, and poorly prepared for productive employment.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Structure and Policies: The School Education Sector in Pakistan
  • Challenges in the School Education Sector in Pakistan
  • Key Issues, Current Strategies, and Recommendations for Reform: Sindh and Punjab
  • Support from Development Partners for Education
  • Conclusion