There have been dramatic changes in the educational landscape of
Pakistan in the new millennium. Enrollments are starting to look up
with a 10 percentage point jump in net enrollments between 2001 and
2005. In addition, secular and co-educational private schools have
become a widespread presence in both urban and rural areas. Between
2000 and 2005, the number of private schools increased from 32,000 to
47,000 and by the end of 2005, one in every 3 enrolled children at the
primary level was studying in a private school.
represent an opportunity and a challenge for educational policy in the
country. A large fraction of rural Pakistani households no longer lives
in a village with one or two government schools—the new educational
landscape is best described as an active educational marketplace with
schools on the one hand and parents on the other. From evaluating
policy reform to understanding how the private sector can help educate
the poor, the phenomenal rise of such schools represents a significant
opportunity and challenge, not only in Pakistan but also in the wider
The "Learning and Educational Achievement
in Pakistan Schools" (LEAPS) project provides the detailed information
needed to understand this changing educational landscape. Over the past
five years, the LEAPS project has gathered data not only on the
distribution of schools throughout Pakistan, but also the quality of education provided by a representative sample of over 800 public and private schools in rural Punjab.
collected by the LEAPS project and the LEAPS report on initial survey
findings are both provided here, along with a variety of other
resources on education in Pakistan. We hope you find them valuable.
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The Learning and Educational Achievement in Punjab Schools (LEAPS) Report provides an overview of the education sector based on the 2003 LEAPS Survey of schools, teachers, children, and households throughout rural Punjab.