The literacy rate of Pakistan has increased by 2% to 60% in the fiscal year 2018-19 in comparison to 58% in 2015-16. This was revealed in the Economic Survey issued on Thursday.
The increase in literacy rate was seen in the population aged 10 years and above. According to the survey, the literacy rate in rural areas was 51% in comparison to 74% in the urban areas.
During the term 2018-19, Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) conducted the survey.
In terms of province-wise break-up, Punjab led all other provinces with 64% literacy rate. It was followed by Sindh having 57% literacy rate, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 55% literacy rate and Balochistan with 40% literacy rate respectively.
At the primary level excluding prep, the Gross Enrollment Rates (GER) for the age group 6-10 years at the national level during 2018-19 remained at 87% in comparison to 2015-16. The province-wise data revealed that Punjab displayed improvement to 95% in 2018-19 from 93% in 2015-16. Sindh remained stable having primary level GER at 78%.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa excluding the merged areas displayed improvement to 89% in 2018-19 in comparison to 88% in 2015-16. Balochistan saw a decline to 57% in 2018-19 from 59% in 2015-16.
At the national level, Net Enrollment Rates (NER) improved a bit to 66% in 2018-19 from 65% in 2015-16.