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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" (Nelson Mandela) The word "Education" has been derived from the Latin term "Educatum" which means the act of teaching or training. A group of educationists say that it has come from another Latin word "Educare" which means "to bring up" or "to raise". All these meanings indicate that education seeks to promote the good qualities in man and draw out the best in every individual. Education seeks to develop the distinctive inner capacities of man. Education is the light of the life. It frees an individual from misconceptions and blind beliefs. It enhances human status and leads everyone to respectability. Education has been accorded great importance in every religion and society. Islam also attaches utmost importance to it. The first word of the Holy Quran was IQRA (READ) and Holy prophet (S A W) said "Education is mandatory for men and women" The above Hadith does not discriminating gender that means it is not only mandatory for men but also for women. Holy prophet (S A W) also said "Seek knowledge even you have to travel to China." Education in Pakistan is overseen by the Federal Ministry of Education and the provincial governments, whereas the federal government mostly assists in curriculum development, accreditation and in the financing of research and development. Article 25-A of Constitution of Pakistan obligates the state to provide free and compulsory quality education to children of the age group 3 to 16 years. "The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by law".

The education system in Pakistan is generally divided into six levels: Primary education (for the age from 2.5 to 5 years); primary(grades one through five); middle (grades six through eight); high (grades nine and ten, leading to the Secondary School Certificate or SSC); intermediate (grades eleven and twelve, leading to a Higher Secondary (School) Certificate or HSC); and university programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The literacy rate ranges from 96% in Islamabad to 28% in the Kohlu District. Pakistanis in the age group 55-64 had a literacy rate of almost 38%, those ages 45-54 had a literacy rate of nearly 46%, those 25-34 had a literacy rate of 57%, and those ages 15-24 had a literacy rate of 72%.  Literacy rates vary regionally, particularly by sex. In tribal areas female literacy is 9.5%. Moreover, English is fast spreading in Pakistan, with more than 92 million Pakistanis (49% of the population) having a command over the English language,[8] which makes it the third largest English-speaking nation in the world and the second largest in Asia. On top of that, Pakistan produces about 445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates per year. Despite these statistics, Pakistan still has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world and the second largest out of school population (5.1 million children) after Nigeria.

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