Pervez A. Shami and Kh. Sabir Hussain. Elementary Education in Pakistan.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|Publication:||Name: Pakistan Development Review Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Business, international; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Reproduced with permission of the Publications Division, Pakistan Institute of Development Economies, Islamabad, Pakistan. ISSN: 0030-9729|
|Issue:||Date: Summer, 2008 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||NamedWork: Elementary Education in Pakistan (Nonfiction work)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Shami, Pervez A.; Hussain, Kh. Sabir|
Pervez A. Shami and Kh. Sabir Hussain. Elementary Education in
Pakistan. Islamabad: National Book Foundation. 2006. Softbound. Price
Education provides the base for socio-economic development. An educational system of poor quality may be one of the major reasons for the lack of growth in poor countries. In Pakistan, the quality of education is on the decline in spite of the fact that the government has initiated measures for raising the quality and quantity of education. This book is divided into twelve chapters that cover various aspects of the education challenge in this country. It is generally recognised that a low net participation rate of 52 percent at the primary school combined with 45 percent dropouts in the public sector is bad. Net enrolment at the primary level is around 12 million (male 7.6 million, female 4.3 million). In order to achieve the target of universal primary education (UPE) for males by 2010, all the male children of primary age group, i.e., 9.6 million will be enrolled; in the case of females, all 8.5 million will be enrolled by 2015. Total enrolment would be 19.5 million in 2015. Nearly 50 million Pakistanis, half the adult population, cannot read. Female literacy (approximately 42 percent) is much lower than male literacy (approximately 65 percent); this disparity is more pronounced in rural areas, where 31 percent of women are literate. This book contains subtotal data on education, but the quality of education and of teaching remain the major topics of future inquiry.
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