Restoration of chapter on out-of-school children demanded

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Staff Reporter

A joint statement was issued by the Education Champion Network (ECN) demanding the immediate restoration of the chapter on out-of-children in the recently published Pakistan Education Statistics report published by the Academy of Educational Planning & Management (AEPAM), Government of Pakistan.

ECN is a platform of 13 civil society organizations advocating for 12 years of free, equitable, and quality education for every girl in Pakistan.

“For over 25 years, the Government of Pakistan through AEPAM has published the Annual Education Statistics report.

This document is largely viewed as the single most important source of comprehensive and valuable data on Pakistan’s performance in the realm of education.

For more than a quarter of a century, it has served to provide key insights to policymakers and education activists around the country and even beyond,” explained Qamar Naseem, National Coordinator of Blue Veins.

“However, the most recent Pakistan Education Statistics Report 2017-18 published in January 2021 was not only released after an unprecedented delay of three years but also had the glaring absence of the chapter on out-of-school children,”

“With one of the largest numbers of out-of-school children in the world, it is imperative that Pakistan’s performance with regard to bringing more children into schools is put forth for public review,” stated Zehra Arshad, National Coordinator at Pakistan Coalition for Education.

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