Pakistan District Education Rankings 2017 Launched by Alif Ailaan on December 14, 2017

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The Pakistan District Education Rankings 2017 was launched by the Alif Ailaan Education Campaign during an event held in Islamabad on December 14, 2017. During the launch, a panel discussion was conducted during the launch ceremony the Report 2017. On behalf of ECO Science Foundation, Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro along with Engr. Khalil Raza Scientific Officer ECOSF participated in the event. Panel discussion was moderated by Alif Ailaan Campaign Director Mosharraf Zaidi. Following panelists participated in the panel discussion:

  • Nadeem ul Haque, Former Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan
  • Abdul Maalik Baloch, Former Chief Minister of Balochistan
  • Shazia Marri, Member National Assembly of Pakistan
  • Nargis Sethi, Former Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Rana Mashhood, Minister for Education, Government of Punjab
  • Atif Khan, Minister for Education, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Shandana Khan, CEO Rural Support Program Network
  • Ms. Ayesha Raza Farooq, Senator, Government of Pakistan

Alif Ailaan has been launching district-based reports, which focus on education score keeping in view the access, retention, learning and gender parity in educational institutes across the country. This year’s report was launched on the federal level in Islamabad, taking all the stakeholders from each province on board. The data from the rankings point towards the need for provinces to attend to the different levels of performance in education across their districts. One of the most urgent issues the rankings point to is the need for improved data regimes in the country. The rankings use official government data from across the country, along with data to assess the performance of districts in education.

Alif Ailaan Campaign Director Mosharraf Zaidi said the ranking report helps in understanding the state of education in Pakistan and call to attention a deep and persistent national crisis. According to this year’s report, the top 10 scoring districts, in terms of indicators such as total provincial score, learning score, retention score and gender parity score, comprise five from Punjab, four from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and one from K-P. The highest ranked district from Sindh is Karachi West at the 14th position, followed by Karachi Malir with the 15th rank. From Balochistan, the highest ranked district is Quetta, standing at the 45th position.

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