Survey reveals that 52% of KP’s Tribal Districts are illiterate

When illiterate regions were put into an order of highest percentage to lowest percentage, South Waziristan led the list with 61.2 percent illiterate people.

Recently, a survey was conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to analyze the percentage of literate and illiterate people in the province. The survey was conducted by the Planning and Development department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Merged Areas Governance Programme (MAGP), and United Nations Development, with the financial assistance of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.

Surprising Results of the Survey

The survey revealed that over 52 percent of people in seven Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s tribal districts are illiterate. In comparison, 22 percent of the literate population have studied up to primary levels only.

According to the study, only ten percent of the educated people in the tribal districts have studied up to the middle level, and only seven percent have studied up to the matriculation level. Moreover, only 3.5 percent of the population has studied up to the Intermediate level; two percent have Bachelor’s degrees, 1.1 percent have done their Master’s degrees, while 0.1 percent of the region’s population have MPhil. or Ph.D. degrees.

When illiterate regions were put into an order of highest percentage to lowest percentage, South Waziristan led the list with 61.2 percent illiterate people. In comparison, Kurram came at the bottom of the list with an illiteracy rate of 37.7 percent.

Educationists concerned for the population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The study has revealed a problematic aspect of the province. Speaking about the matter, an educationist working in the development sector said:

These figures are a cause for concern. The government must establish more middle and high schools in the merged areas to remedy the situation.

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hasn’t released a statement on the matter yet. However, individuals are hoping that relevant authorities take note of the illiteracy matter after the broadcasting of this alarming study.

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