Causes of Primary School Dropout among Rural Girls in Pakistan


Exploring the root causes for girls dropout in schools of rural Pakistan by incorporating the views of students, teachers and parents. 

The paper aims to explore the root causes for high girl’s dropout rate within rural areas of Pakistan and highlights the inequalities faced by girls in various phases of life. Multistage random sampling technique using data generated from SDPI-HDF research study reveals that poverty of parents hinders the ability of girls to continue secondary education. The study analyzes the perceptions of various stakeholders of education across the four provinces of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir ascertaining that the cultural values based on the need for girl’s to stay at home pose a challenge to females that want to attain secondary education. The conception that investment in girl’s education brings low levels of return is persistent in the views generated and therefore it is recommended that parents must be educated regarding investment in girl’s education. 

The study proposes that by establishing better facilities in schools including transportation and lunch; Pakistan would be able to accelerate the progress within girl’s education. Poverty issues can be addressed by establishing NGOs and public partnerships which can ultimately help in setting up a free and compulsory education system for the masses till secondary level. Rural education for girls must be improved and this can only come about if specific measures are designed that enhance accessibility and improve the existing infrastructure. 

Publishing Year: 2011

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