ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s youth literacy remained at 72 per cent at national level, proportionately higher in urban areas with 84 per cent than in rural areas with 65 per cent, according to Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM-2019-20) conducted by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The country’s youth literacy is calculated from the age of 15 to 24 years and for the first time it is being calculated in PSLM District Level Survey 2019-20.
The PSLM District Level Survey 2019-20 results reveal Punjab to be at top among all provinces in youth literacy with 78 per cent, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 67 per cent, while Balochistan is at lowest with 57 per cent.
Furthermore, the youth literacy in Islamabad is reported 93 per cent.
However, district wise comparison reveals that Narowal and Sialkot with 93 per cent, Korangi with 92 per cent, Abbottabad with 95 per cent, Pishin and Quetta with 76 per cent are at top in their respective provinces, while Rajanpur with 52 per cent, Kashmore with 31 per cent, Mohmand with 30 per cent and Shaheed Sikandarabad with 11 per cent are at bottom in their respective provinces.
On the other hand, the adult literacy remained stagnant at 57 per cent in 2019-20 as in 2014-15. The regional comparison shows 2 per cent decline in urban areas with 72 per cent in 2019-20 as compared to 74 per cent in 2014-15.
This percentage inclines in rural areas with 48 per cent in 2019-20 as compared to 46 per cent in 2014-15. Further, gender pattern depicts that percentage of males are higher with 68 per cent than in females with 46 per cent.