Loralai District

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Loralai
لورالائی
District
Map of Balochistan with Loralai District highlighted
Map of Balochistan with Loralai District highlighted
Coordinates: 30°20′N 69°00′E / 30.333°N 69.000°E / 30.333; 69.000Coordinates: 30°20′N 69°00′E / 30.333°N 69.000°E / 30.333; 69.000
CountryPakistan
ProvinceBalochistan
HeadquartersLoralai
Government
 • MNASardar Israr Khan Tareen
 • MPAHaji Muhammad Khan Uthmankhail
 • District Council ChairmanShams Hamzazai
Area[1]
 • Total9,830 km2 (3,800 sq mi)
Population (2017)[2]
 • Total397,400
 • Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
Main Language(s)Pashto

Loralai (Urdu: ضلع لورالائی‎) is a district in northeast of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Loralai town is the district headquarters.

The population counted in the 1998 census was 297,600, 12% of which was urban.[3] The predominant first language of the district's inhabitants is Pashto, which accounts for 92% of the population, but there are also speakers of Balochi (3.4%) and Punjabi (1.2%).[4]

Education[edit]

According to the Pakistan District Education Rankings, district Loralai is ranked at number 97 out of the 141 ranked districts in Pakistan on the education score index. This index considers learning, gender parity and retention in the district.

Literacy rate in 2014-15 of population 10 years and older in the district stands at 44% whereas for females it is only 22%.[5]

Post primary access is a major issue in the district with 89% schools being at primary level. Compare this with high schools which constitute only 3% of government schools in the district. This is also reflected in the enrolment figures for 2016-17 with 12,192 students enrolled in class 1 to 5 and only 586 students enrolled in class 9 and 10.

Gender disparity is another issue in the district. Only 28% schools in the district are girls’ schools. Access to education for girls is a major issue in the district and is also reflected in the low literacy rates for females.

Moreover, the schools in the district lack basic facilities. According to Alif Ailaan district education rankings 2017, the district is ranked at number 135 out of the 155 districts of Pakistan for primary school infrastructure. At the middle school level, it is ranked at number 137 out of the 155 districts. These rankings take into account the basic facilities available in schools including drinking water, working toilet, availability of electricity, existence of a boundary wall and general building condition. 7 out of 10 schools do not have electricity in them. 3 out 4 schools lack a toilet and more than half the schools do not have a boundary wall. 2 out of 5 schools do not have clean drinking water.

The main issues reported in Taleem Do! App for the district is the poor condition of schools. Schools are reported to be missing infrastructure and authorities are neglecting these schools.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PCO 1998, p. 1.
  2. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk.
  3. ^ PCO 1998, p. 17.
  4. ^ PCO 1998, p. 21.
  5. ^ Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (2016). Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey 2014-15. [online] Islamabad: Government of Pakistan, p.111. Available at: http://www.pbs.gov.pk/sites/default/files//pslm/publications/PSLM_2014-15_National-Provincial-District_report.pdf [Accessed 6 Aug. 2018].

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1998 District Census report of Loralai. Census publication. 118. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.

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