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2 in 5 (39%) Pakistanis from among the 10+ population have never attended school (Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement & Gallup Pakistan)


Islamabad, June 18, 2020

Introduction to the Gallup Data Analytics series on Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement data:

This press release is the first part of a special Gallup Data Analytics series that aims to foster an empirical understanding of the social and economic indicators in Pakistan based on data generated by PSLM Surveys. 

PSLM is the largest survey in Pakistan conducted every two year by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The sample covers over 80,000 households and over 400,000 respondents. The PSLM Survey is designed to be representative at district level for in-depth analysis and for the majority of districts a sample of 1000 respondents have been achieved. Gallup Pakistan Data Analytics team has worked extensively on this data and this series of press releases are our attempt to publicize the great efforts done by hundreds of office bearers of Bureau of Statistics who have travelled far and wide to collect this data.

This particular press release aims to assess the prevalence of formal education across Pakistan along with various demographic breakdowns to provide further insight into the results.

Bilal I Gilani, the Executive Director at Gallup Pakistan explains: ‘The report suggests significant regional, gender and economical disparities with respect to literacy and understanding-based learning. The results suggest that the closer you are to the power centers and the power hierarchy the higher are the chances that you are endowed with the ability to read and understand hence enabling you to function in the modern economy, whereas the further away or at the periphery you are the lower are the chances of you enjoying the privilege of literacy. The report underlines the need for closer understanding of disparity in the country and active participation in policy to mitigate these disparities. Gallup Pakistan’s non-profit Gilani Research Foundation advocates for more regional solutions and decentralized mechanisms to address these disparities that our current series of reports highlight. The reason why we are distributing the results at regional and sub-regional level is to inculcate the idea that Pakistan can only be understood when its sub units are analyzed. Our current understanding of the country is obstructed by very broad and generalized lengths of urban and provincial areas, and we need to dig into regional and sub regional levels to understand how Pakistan and its economy actually functions’.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from the 10+ population from across the four provinces were asked about their educational background. In response to this question, 39% Pakistanis said that they never attended school, 32% said they attended school in the past while 29% said they are currently attending school.