RejOice RejOice: Karachi is the most literate district in the country

The City by the Sea has beaten the rest of the country for the top slot on the literacy rate ladder, according to statistics mentioned by the Pakistan Millenium Development Report of 2006.

In 1998, Rawalpindi was at the top slot, followed by Karachi, Lahore, Jehlum, Gujrat, Sialkot, Quetta, Chakwal, Abbottabad, and finally Gujranwala rounding off the top 10 most educated districts in Pakistan. Seven years later, however, the positions have changed slightly. Karachi now holds the top slot, followed by Rawalpindi which has slipped a notch.

Lahore has maintained its position at number 3, while Chakwal has moved up four places (from number 8 to number 4). Gujranwala is up five places (from number 10 to number 5), Jehlum and Gujrat have dropped two places to numbers 6 and 7 respectively, Quetta has dropped one place to number 9, while Sialkot has dropped a whopping four notches to number 10 (from number 6 in 1998).

[Credit: Daily Times ]

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21 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    (1)I strongly disagree first to the definition of Literate in our country.

    (2) Considering KARACHI is evils paradise , my point is well proved that all the so-called-literates int his city are responsible for the evils in this city and NOT those unpadh chaps.

    (3) There is nothing in this city that makes it sound literate. Hardly there is any.

    (4) We all cry on many things in city but will anyone tell me why is that all the literates are IN POWER in this city. Those highly qualified teachers, hi-5 universities, CSS cleared sarkaari 19+ grade officers, Businessmen, Industrialist,Police officers. E T C . They are all so-called highly literate so whats wrong with this city. Answer me.

    If literacy means chewing a gum and sticking it on a wall , having a masters degree and beautifying walls with PAAN and CHALIA, and throwing every paper/thaili/rapper on road Indeed this is the most literate.

    Our education system is not producing literates, Its just producing robotic minds with a piece of paper called DEGREE, in hand (formality you know) with some mediocre standard of technician level skills, rotten years ago in rest of the world with no sense of purpose & basic civic culture from Bakeries selling degrees @RS 20K (gov/semi-gov/private to 1500K (elite-private)school/colleges/universities , like they sell cake on shop.

    Those who indeed get some standard of education are a different class completely. They dont give a damn shit about this country or city dude. All of them (for right reasons) leave country.

    What is left is a bunch of confused,direction less,always worry about salary &2 time ki roti, wanderers who have no option but to follow the tide, wasting their talent and cursing this society and the sytem.

    People like Abdul Salam or Saleem-uz-Zaman Siddiqui or Hoodbhoy seem to land from MARS & we are so good at not utilizing them too.

    yeah this city is so literate.

  2. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    Haey MB dil khush kitta si! : )

    I agree: the purpose of education should be to create “ba-shu’oor” people, not idiot-savantes. Sadly, however, academic education only produces the latter (generally speaking — there are exceptions, of course).

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    blah! with this kind of ‘literacy’ even villages are better!

  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    [Irrelevant comment deleted ~ Bolshevik]

  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    MB :) for fun sake

    Jal Gaya Burnol Lagayeay

    we are worst then people of stone age who managed some tolerence.

  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    Urooj, now this is not fair.:-((

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    I agree with Bolsheiv –

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    I agree: the purpose of education should be to create “ba-shu’oor” people, not idiot-savantes.


    *nods*- [Off-topic portion of allegedly on-topic comment deleted ~ Bolshevik]

  9. SELF (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Bolshevik is good but Gustapo is better :)

  10. SELF (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

    “[Disclaimer: Irrelevant, off-topic and abusive comments will be slashed / mutilated / killed mercilessly. Follow the rules. ThanQ.]”

    This is not really a disclaimer, it’s a warning. :)

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    now this is Interesting *grin*.

    Urooj, my comment was ON TOPIC by every mean. [Personal attacks against KMB authors deemed irrelevant and therefore deleted. ~ Bolshevik]

    p.s: comment is screen-shot: piling up all to submit in ADALAT of mahan censorship comittie DBTB :-)

  12. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    Hmm, I’m curious On what scale these statistics are calculated??

    And how were the Population, Literacy standards were measured???

    Interesting but I suggest with such reports a little bit of back-drop statistical collection info should also be calculated. Things seem authentic ;-)

  13. Bolshevik (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    Yaar the SBP’s latest waali report quoted these stats. Kaafi saara tech data was also mentioned in it, but I just quoted bits that a layperson would understand (and find interesting).

    The purpose of posting this here was to start up a debate of the kind that MB and Mansoor initiated. Academic education sucks, I tell you!

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    [Irrelevant comment deleted. ~ Bolshevik]

  15. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    Academic Education … hmm but nothing is complete and proven for accuracy without that too :)

  16. mansoor (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    [Irrelevant portion of comment removed. ~ Bolshevik]

    p.s. i know this comment is going to be moderated :p adnan.. this is just for you ;)

  17. darthvader (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    oh yeah , i concur – education sucks . big time .
    only iffffff, wasting time and sleeping all day were paid jobs ….(well my idea of heaven anyways).


  18. Sufi (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    Andhon mein kaana badshah.

    A sensible person with an average IQ can determine the ‘literacy rate’ of this city by driving on the roads for 20 minutes.

  19. ash (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

    maybe people dont understand or maybe they dont want to understand. Literacy means being able to read and write. This is a huge achievment. Civil sense which is what you people are confusing for literacy generally FOLLOWS a high literacy rate. Clearly we havent reached the tipping point yet but this is a sign of getting there.

    Kudos to my wonderful city and its ability to persevere thru things that would have destroyed any other place a million times over.

  20. Balma (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    I guess you guys are complaining of lack of tameez. Education does not teach tameez.
    Also, the correct version is Andho’n may kaanaa Rajah (not baadshah).

    finally, I guess literacy rate is determined in Pakistan by counting the number of people who can read their name. By that definition, you are going to get a very inflated number. Here is why:
    Most people in Pakistan have either Muhammad or Khan in their name. Almost 20-25 % have Muhammad Khan as their name. Even someone who does not know alif-bay of reading can recognize these two words if he or she is told that this is their name. Thus a highly inflated literacy rate. The true literacy rate of Paksitan is probably 20 %, if that.
    Pakistanis are producing kids at a higher rate than any super power could build schools at. On top of that, those who can actually afford to go to schools, many of them come from cousin marraiges which does not promote healty brain, good looks, or good health.

    Pakistan is in dire straits when it comes to education, and I have no idea where the solution lies: perhaps ban on cousin marriages, ban on more than two children, and enforcement of tax payment culture.

  21. Balma (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    And here is another example why education does not lead to tameez. Consider our Mr. 10 %. i.e Asif Bhutto (that must be his last name).
    He did manage to pass 10th grade (I am not sure if he managed to pass grade 12). By Pakistani standards, he is educated. But, anyone who has seen him in social settings will know how he sits. In fact, in 1990’s it became an Urdu Muhavarah: Zardarai kee tarah baiThnaa.
    With his legs wide open, he may be educated (till grade 10), but does not have tameez. I thought I should give example of a real Karachi guy to prove my point. I appologize if my utter disgust of Bad Nazir (Budnazir in Urdu) Bhutto is coming through this posting.

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