Educational experiences that result in economic and social mobility

In Pakistan, a high percentage of parents cannot send their children to school at all. The vast majority of school going children in Pakistan is enrolled in either government or private low tier schools. We know from several national and provincial studies, however, that students going to these two categories of schools are reporting learning levels well below what can be regarded as acceptable in terms of age or grade. In other words, they are not likely to be getting the education they should be. There are of course, exceptions but the overwhelming statistical evidence points in the other direction.

With this report, our aim is to explore the correlation between schooling and employability. When we took a look at existing research, we found that it arrived at the conversation with the assumption that the number of years spent in school is a reasonable predictor of the kind of job you are likely to get later in life. However, as with other countries, data on the relationship between schooling and wage in Pakistan is complex due to the different factors that affect it. The return, or what you will reap economically after making an investment in education, tends to vary depending on your field, city, job and gender.

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