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What are your thoughts on the privatization of education debate in Pakistan?

CQE's latest working paper Education in Pakistan: The nickel and dime route to ruin? seeks to inform the debate surrounding privatization of education in Pakistan and the implications for public schooling. It contests the notion that such privatization represents a single solution for the education ills of Pakistan. Please provide your feedback on this paper here.


CQE is a network of individuals and organizations concerned with education, builds on the belief that educational justice entails not just access to school, but to quality education for all children in Pakistan. Read More

CQE Publications

Engaging with Non-Formal Basic Education Across Pakistan

This study is intended to fill the gap in information on the NFBE sector in Pakistan and report on its current state with a view to provide insight into the institutional arrangements, the role of the community and factors that impact teacher performance as well as student performance.

The study consisted of three phases: (1) An initial mapping phase; (2) A
quantitative survey (3) A qualitative phase which entailed semi-structured interviews with teachers and program staff, community focus group discussions and classroom observations.

Education in Pakistan: The state’s engagement with the private sector

The private education sector in Pakistan comprises of a highly segmented education marketplace, ranging from very high-fee schools (PKR 50,000 a month) to very low-fee schools (PKR 300 per month). This shows huge socioeconomic disparities. All of these private schools (high-cost as well as low-cost) are subject to regulation by the state. Regulation is the responsibility of the provincial government by virtue of various acts and rules issued by the governments from time to time. This Study examines the policies, legislative frameworks, and rules in place pertaining to the regulation of the private education sector.The discussion also centers on aspects of private schools that the state seeks to regulate and the challenges it faces in the process.

Educational Crisis and Reform: Perspectives from South Asia

More than a third of out-of-school children of the world live in South Asia. The crises in education faced by different countries o f the region differ in their nature as well as import. Notwithstanding the differences, there are also some common denominators, such as the burgeoning population and growth of private sector in mass education. In order for education reforms to gain momentum, the media, the general populace, and members of the policy-making community need to be more informed about the various dimensions of the educational challenges faced by South Asian societies. The book is a modest attempt to respond to this need.

Education Monitor: Reviewing the quality of key education inputs in Pakistan
The objective of the Education Monitor is to document and highlight contributions that are being made by the government and donors on the input side in the different provinces and areas of the country with a focus on implications, in an equity context, for the quality of public sector education. It also seeks to investigate the reasons for continued low-level outputs and results.

CQE secretariat is housed at the Society for Advancement for Education (SAHE), an organization that has been involved in evidence-based advocacy in the field of education for the past 25 years.



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