Out-of-School Children in Pakistan

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Out-of-school children are children aged 5 to 16 who have never attended school and children who attended school and then dropped out. According to PSLM 2019-20, the proportion of children not attending school is 32 percent nationally in 2019-20. A regional comparison shows that the proportion of children out of school is higher in rural areas, at 37 percent, than in urban areas, at 22 percent. Punjab has the lowest number of children out of school at 24 percent, while Balochistan has the highest at 47 percent.

Total Out of School Children in Pakistan 32%
Rural 37%
Urban 22%
Drop-out 5.7%
Never been to School 25.8%
PSLM 2019-20- Govt. of Pakistan


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