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34 years ago, 40% Pakistanis thought boys should acquire at least higher education; only 15% thought girls should get higher education – 7 Aug 2014

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According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1980 (over 34 years ago), 40%
Pakistanis thought boys should acquire at least higher education; only 15% thought girls should get higher
education. This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to
release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage
empirical decision making in Pakistan.

Thirty four years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four
provinces was asked “How far do you think boys and girls should be provided education?” Responding to this,
40% people said boys should have at least higher education, 15% said metric, 15% said M. A/ M. Sc while only
2% said they should have a professional qualification. For girls, only 15% said higher education, 29% said
metric, 16% said fifth grade and 2% said as they wish.

Comments by Gallup Pakistan Analysts:
Statistics from 1980 show that literacy awareness in Pakistan was quite low, with only 2% Pakistanis
considering professional education necessary for boys.

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