Quetta: Balochistan has a literacy rate of 41% which is lowest among all the provinces of Pakistan.
World Literacy Day is observed around the world today. This day is observed every year on 8th September to raise awareness about the need and importance of literacy in the world.
According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Literacy is defined as the ability of a person to read and write a simple letter with understanding in any language.
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The literacy rate of the population, aged 10 years and above, remains at 58%. Punjab has the highest literacy rate at 62% followed by Sindh at 55%. The literacy rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is 53% whereas Balochistan has an alarmingly low literacy rate of 41%.
Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi are amongst the cities with the highest literacy rates in Pakistan whereas Dera Bugti, Torh Garh and Kila Abdullah are at the bottom of the table
Article 25(a) of constitution of Pakistan states: State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen year in such manner as may be determined by law.
Most of the mainstream political parties of Pakistan such as PML-N, PTI, PPP and MQM had made commitments to improve literacy in Pakistan in their election manifestos in 2013.
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