Enrolment level in Sindh institutions hardly 24 percent
KARACHI: The data compiled by the Sindh Education Management Information System (SEMIS) of the provincial education department shows that hardly 24 percent of boys and girls of age from the ages of four to 20 years are enrolled, with the rest of them out of schools and colleges.
The total of this age group is 13,717,995 (7,265,199 boys and 6,452,796 girls), of which only 3,233,628 (2,033,321 boys and 1,200,307 girls) are enrolled at schools and colleges. No significant improvement in enrolment has been registered despite the introduction of Education Sector Reforms and the spending of billions of rupees in this sector during the last few years. Besides yearly targets have been set for the achievement of the ultimate objective of enrolment of all school age children by the year 2010.
Gender-wise statistics show that the number of girls out of schools and colleges was higher than that of boys. Their percentages have been worked out as 72 percent and 81 percent, respectively.
The Sindh Education Profile prepared by SEMIS says that the total number of children four to nine of age is 6,226,075 (3,274,910 boys and 2,951,165 girls), of which 2,348,684 (1,517,606 boys and 831,078 girls) are enrolled at primary schools.
The overall ratio of enrolment stands at 38 percent and that of out-of-school pupils at 62 percent.
The number of children in the 10 to 12 age group is said to be 2,723,752 (1,489,176 boys and 1,234,576 girls), of which 445,514 (266,343 boys and 179,171 girls) are enrolled in middle schools, showing a ratio of 16 percent. This means that 84 percent of the children of this age group are out of school. —PPI