15pc GB children still out of school

Govt enrolment drive fails to achieve target

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Despite the recent focus of the federal and provincial governments on enrolment drives as a rhetoric on Article 25-A, around 15pc of Gilgit Baltistan’s children aged 6-16 are still out of school, according to Annual Status of Education Report ‘ASER 2015 Gilgit Baltistan Survey.’
The situation poses serious challenge to the federal and the provincial governments in the wake of the strategic importance of the GB region with regard to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The startling figures further reveal that the remaining 85pc that are enrolled in the 6-16 age bracket are not learning much either.
These findings were made public in the report of Pakistan’s largest-annual citizenled household based ASER Survey 2015—the 6th ASER Survey report in a row—launched in GB. Around 500 volunteers managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), conducted the ASER 2015 survey.
Besides, 500 volunteer citizens, who personally visited 4103 households in 209 villages/blocks, have based the ASER survey findings on the information of 13,056 children of age 3-16 years (including 44 percent girls). For the year 2015, the ASER rural survey has been conducted in 7 rural districts, wherein 5-16 year age cohort 8975 children were tested for English, Language (Urdu), and Arithmetic competencies.
The report aims at informing the progress or lack thereof with respect to Article 25 A of the constitution making education a fundamental right for 5-16 year old children since 2010. To date the implementation has yet to take place as both laws and rules remain in abeyance! In spite of public demand, the state response at best continues to remain neutral to education as a basic need.

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