PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has topped the list of the education system rankings in Pakistan.
Haripur district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa topped the rankings with the best education score from all the districts of the country.
However, the Malakand district secured the highest scores for middle schools with infrastructure and facilities, with the province leading the rankings.
This was announced in the fifth annual District Education Rankings by the Alif Ailaan education campaign. The rankings were launched in Islamabad on Thursday.
The rankings use official government data from across the country, along with data from the State of Education (ASER) survey, to assess the performance of districts in education.
An elated, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan said that their government is concentrating on taking education in the province further ahead, particularly for yardsticks such as quality education and gender parity.
K-P sat atop the latest rankings followed by Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory in the infrastructure category for primary schools.
The report noted that among the top-ten-performing districts — in terms of electricity availability in Pakistan — eight are from K-P.
Among top districts with the highest score for drinking water availability in schools, five are from K-P.
Among the top ten districts for toilet availability in schools in Pakistan, six are from K-P. Of top districts where schools have boundary walls, six are from K-P, the report noted.
Overall, Haripur was ranked as the best district with the highest education score. From middle schools with infrastructure facilities, Malakand was top in Pakistan followed by Swabi in K-P.
While addressing the launching ceremony, Atif reiterated that the provincial government had completely eradicated political interference in education such as posting and transfer of teachers, provision of facilities in institutions.
“The basic problem in education was political interference and governance and once the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government addressed that seriously, the result is visible in the report,” he said.