The education status in Sindh, as of the recent briefing to Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice Maqbool Baqar, reveals some concerning statistics. The province is currently grappling with significant challenges in the education sector.
Sindh is facing a considerable dropout rate of 54 per cent among its students. This alarming figure indicates a substantial number of children not completing their basic education. More than half of the women in Sindh, approximately 50 per cent, are illiterate. This underscores a severe gender disparity in educational opportunities and outcomes within the province.
A positive aspect is that 72 percent of the province’s population, totaling 55.69 million people, have access to potable water. Access to clean water is essentiall for the overall health and well-being of the population.
The male literacy rate in Sindh stands at 71 percent, while the female literacy rate is significantly lower at 46 percent. This wide gender gap underscores the need for targeted efforts to improve female education in the region.
Justice Baqar emphasized the importance of prioritizing education, recognizing that the development of any nation hinges on its educational foundation.
To address the educational infrastructure challenges, Rs2 billion has been allocated for the construction of school buildings in the current year. This investment aims to enhance the physical facilities available for education.
The authorities have been directed to expedite the construction and rehabilitation of schools that were affected by floods. This initiative ensures that educational facilities are restored and accessible, especially in disaster-prone areas.
The meeting included key officials from various departments, highlighting the collaborative effort required to address the educational challenges in Sindh. It is evident that there is a pressing need to address the dropout rate, gender disparities, and infrastructure issues to improve the education status in the province and pave the way for its development.
The meeting was attended among others by Chief Secretary Dr Fakhar Alam, Chairman P&D Shakeel Mangrijo, Principal Secretary to CM Hasan Naqvi, Finance Secretary Kazim Jatoi and other relevant officers.