Islamabad, Dec. 13 (ANI): Nearly three quarters of young Pakistani girls are not enrolled in primary school and the number of girls finishing five years in education has declined, according to a new United Nations and government report.
The findings revealed the miserable state of education for millions in Pakistan, where the Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in the head in October to silence her campaign for girls' right to education, reports The Express Tribune.
"Nearly half of primary school age children are not enrolled in school and among eligible girls the out of school proportion is closer to three-quarters. In absolute numbers, out-of-school girls outnumber their male counterparts," the report said.
"Completion rates to the fifth year of schooling have actually declined in the past five years," it further said, adding that 55 percent of all Pakistani adults are illiterate and among women the rate is closer to 75 percent.
The report said women are denied their basic right to education and to a decent life.
"Females in Pakistan face discrimination, exploitation and abuse at many levels, starting with girls who are prevented from exercising their basic rights to education either because of traditional family practices, economic necessity or as a consequence of the destruction of schools by militants," it stated.
On Monday, President Asif Ali Zardari pledged 10 million dollars to help educate all girls by 2015 as part of a global fund set up in Malala's name.
Ziauddin Yousufzai, Malala's father, a former teacher and headmaster, has been appointed to help meet the global target. His daughter, who is being treated in a British hospital after the attack on her school bus on October 9, will herself join the campaign when she is better. (ANI)