Every fourth girl in KP is out of school: report

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on October 25, 2012, Pakistani female students attend a class at a government school in Peshawar. The courage of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has renewed Pakistani students' determination to learn despite the poor state of the country's education system, undermined by poverty and under attack from Islamist militants. The 15-year-old is recovering in a British hospital after the Pakistani Taliban shot her in the head in a cold-blooded murder attempt for daring to promote the right of girls to go to school. AFP PHOTO/A. MAJEED/FILES

PESHAWAR: Despite the claims by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government of prioritising the education sector in the province, the government has remained unable to counter a serious issue: every fourth girl in KP is out of school while twice as many girls than boys in the province are out of school, reported a local English newspaper.

The official record of the government, included in the KP Elementary and Secondary Education Department (K-PESED) out of school survey for 2016-17, revealed that as many as 1.18 million girls in KP are not in school.

The damning report by government’s own sources presents a grave indictment of incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of imposing an education emergency in the province. It also proved the claims of the former government of Awami National Party (ANP) wrong, who had claimed to spend billions for improving girls’ education.