Balochistan has the lowest per capita rate of female education in the world

New Delhi (NVI): The lawmakers, representatives of civil society, and NGOs working for women of Balochistan have expressed concern over the region’s lowest per capita rate of female education in the world.

In a meeting, mem­ber of the Balochistan Assembly, Sana Baloch, chairman of the Public Accounts Com­mittee, Akhtar Hussain Langove, chair­man of the Standing Committee for Women, Ahmad Nawaz Baloch, gene­ral secretary of the Quetta Press Club, Zafar Baloch and representatives of NGOs working for women and children rights-  focused their attention on female education.

They also expressed their sincere concern over increasing female mortality rate, and claimed an expenditure of Rs 110 billion was allocated for constructing buildings and other establishments on the premise of development, but not a single rupee was spent on service delivery in the province.

Women in the region are in deep distress and deprived of basic amenities. Representatives of women’s rights organisation expressed concern over the low female education rate in the province and said that the authorities concerned were not making efforts to address this issue.

“A large number of girls drop out of school due to various reasons. There is no middle school facility for them. They have to travel to far-flung areas and cities to get admission in educational institutions. They do not have a transport facility to go to schools or colleges. They leave without completing education or their parents withdraw them from schools,” they said during the meeting.

The number of girls’ schools in Balochistan is also very low. The government has not set up more schools for girls and at the same time have not upgraded them, so that the education of girls does not remain incomplete. Women also face great difficulty in obtaining ID cards.

At National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), only one NADRA van is available for different areas and districts. Banks do not give loans to women in Balochistan to start businesses due to lack of identity, they further added.