Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood Thursday (Dec 20), while addressing the Senate claimed that the literacy rate of the Pakistan has dropped to 58% from 60 percent, adding that the number of out-of-school children may cross the figure of 20.28 million.
“The population is increasing while nothing is being done to promote literacy among the citizens and there is a serious concern about the illiterate adults in the country,” he said. The minister said there was another issue of a high number of children out of school, “but that does not mean that only the girls were not going to the schools, the number of girls out of education set-up was higher than that of boys but the gap was narrow”. “There are several ideas. I want to give an outline to enhance adult literacy and it is expected that we can increase adult literacy rate by 10-15pc through it,” he said.
He further ensured that campaign regarding adult education awareness will be launched for the betterment of the literacy conditions in Pakistan.
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