216 schools closed, 1.8 million children out of school in Balochistan: Report

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A new report released by Alif Ailaan, a non-profit organization working for education in Pakistan, has brought attention to the dire state of education in Balochistan. The report claims that 216 schools in Balochistan are dysfunctional and over 1.8 million children are not enrolled in school.

The report highlights the significant lack of access to quality education, healthcare, and human rights in Balochistan as compared to other provinces of Pakistan. According to the report, only 0.9 million children are currently enrolled in schools in Balochistan, while at least 2.7 million children should have been enrolled.

Out of the 12,347 schools in Balochistan, only 6% are high schools. Furthermore, 76% of children in Balochistan are enrolled in government-funded public schools, while 19% attend private schools, and 5% attend religious seminaries.

The report also reveals an alarming drop-out rate in Balochistan, with only 191,300 out of 865,000 primary school students making it to middle school. The rest of the students dropped out of school.

Gender disparity in literacy rates is also a significant concern, with only 37% of males and 15% of females being literate. This disparity is even more significant in rural areas.

The report serves as a wake-up call for the government and stakeholders to prioritize education in Balochistan and take necessary steps to address the issues. It highlights the urgent need to invest in education and infrastructure to provide a better future for the children of Balochistan

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