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Education quality in schools highly questionable: report
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:25:02 AM »
Education quality in schools highly questionable: report
Karachi :September 15: It is not only that 5.1 million of our children are out of school but the quality of education imparted to those going to schools is also highly questionable, says a report prepared by a non-governmental organisation.
The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012-2013 has been prepared by Idaara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi.
According to the available data, with specific reference to Sindh, 61 percent of children at government schools and 45 percent of children at private schools in fifth grade cannot read Urdu or Sindhi textbooks prescribed for second grade.


Similarly, report says, 77 percent of fifth grader enrolled at government schools and 47 percent of those enrolled at private schools were found to be unable to read English sentences that could otherwise be easily comprehended and read by students of class two.


The regional manager of the NGO in Sindh, Saba Ishrat, expressed serious concern about the situation and said there was urgent need to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.


Reiterating that strong measures must be taken for efficient handling of the crisis in the education sector, she said Article 25-A of the constitution must be implemented in letter and spirit.


“The fact that our country is home to one in 12 of all the out of schoolchildren in the world” was again extremely shameful and a pragmatic approach was needed at every level to address the situation, she added.


In the country’s educational landscape, there were a considerable number of public and private schools spread across both urban and rural areas, she said.


Enrolment rates are highest at the primary level at 18667.4 in 2011-12 and 18747.9 in 2012-13 (estimated) followed by pre-primary enrolments with 9513.5 in 2011-12 and 9919.1 in 2012-13 (estimated), according to the report.


Enrolment in middle level was registered to be 6,020.2 in 2011-12 and 6,244.8 in 2012-13 (estimated) with enrolment for higher education coming to 2,753.0 in 2011-12 and 2823.7 in 2012-13 (estimated).The news.
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