The Economist: Pakistan Is Home to the Most Frenetic Education Reforms in the World

Government officials in Pakistan, recognizing that education is key to a vibrant economy, are reforming schools relying on private providers including charities. There is more private than public funding for schools in Pakistan. In some districts education administrators that produce poor results are fired. The goal is to reduce dropout rates, improve curricula, increase test scores and accountability among teachers. The Economist reports that only 3 percent of students starting public school make it through 12th grade. Contributing to low enrollment rates: Poverty, corruption and extremism with more than 800 attacks on schools between 2007 and 2015 and attempts to block girls from education. Progress is uneven and much depends on motivated teachers, parents and political leaders. Improving the education system is urgent for the world’s fifth most populous nation with more than 200 million people. “For too long Pakistani children have suffered because politicians have treated schools as political tools,” concludes the Economist. “They deserve much better.” – YaleGlobal

The Economist: Pakistan Is Home to the Most Frenetic Education Reforms in the World

Pakistan, the world’s fifth most populous country, strives to reform schools and reduce dropout rates with private funding and accountability for educators
Thursday, January 11, 2018

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In 2012, a UNESCO global monitoring report noted that “Pakistan has some of the worst education indicators in the world”:

- Second to Afghanistan with the highest number of children out of school

- A literacy rate of about 60 percent with about 50 million adults illiterate.

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