1 in 4 Pakistani Kids Will Not Complete Primary Education by 2030: UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has projected that one in four children will not be able to complete primary schooling in Pakistan by the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNESCO has prepared new projections as the 2030 deadline for the SDGs is near. The projections indicate that the world is off-track from education commitments and the progress has slowed down immensely.

According to the UN agency, all the children should be in school by 2030, but one in six with age 6-17 will still be excluded at that time. As many students are dropping out currently, 40 percent of the students will still not be completing their secondary education by 2030.

The global education goal, SDG-4, asks the countries to ensure that the students are attending the schools and learning there. However, the amount of trained teachers in sub-Saharan Africa is falling since 2000.

Given the current trends, learning rates will remain stagnant in middle-income countries and Latin America by the deadline while in Francophone countries, they will drop by a third by 2030. Globally, 20 percent of young individuals and 30 percent of adults will be unable to read by the deadline.

The SDGs agenda stresses on leaving no one behind and yet, only 4 percent of the 20 percent poor will complete upper secondary school in the poorest countries while the rate is 36 percent for the richest. The gap is even bigger in lower-middle-income countries.

Moreover, less than half of the countries are revealing data required to monitor progress toward the goal.

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