The education system in Pakistan[4] is generally divided into six levels: preschool (for the age from 3 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 HSSC), and university programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees.[5]

The literacy rate ranges from 87% in Islamabad to 20% in the Kohlu District.[6] Between 2000 and 2004, 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%.[7] Literacy rates vary regionally, particularly by sex. In tribal areas female literacy is 9.5%.[8] While Azad Jammu & Kashmirhas a literacy rate of 74%.[9] Moreover, English is fast spreading in Pakistan, with more than 92 million Pakistanis (49% of the population) having a command over the English language,[10] which makes it one of the top English-speaking nations in the world. On top of that, Pakistan produces about 445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates per year.[11] Despite these statistics, Pakistan still has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world[12] and the second largest out of school population (5.1 million children) after Nigeria.[13]

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