36,927 Single-Teacher Primary Schools in Pakistan


Balochistan tops the list, followed by Sindh 


By Khalid Khattak

Out of total 124,284 public sector primary schools in Pakistan some 36,927 schools are single-teacher schools.

In simple words there is only one teacher available to students of Class 1 to Class 5 in 30 percent of the country’s government-run primary schools!

This has been revealed in Pakistan Education Atlas 2015 released by the Academy of Educational Planning and Management (AEPAM) in September this year.

According to the education atlas, Balochistan province with 5,980 primary single-teacher schools (STS) out of total 10,585 primary schools has the highest percentage of STS in Pakistan i.e., 57 percent. Sindh has 19,011 single-teacher schools out of total 42,342 primary schools (45%).

There are 713 primary schools in Gilgit-Baltistan out of which 234 are STS. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has 4,559 STS out of total 23,291 primary schools. Punjab has 6,415 single-teacher schools out of total 38,427 primary schools in the province. FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) has 446 STS out of total 4,563 primary schools while Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) has only 282 single-teacher schools out of 4,174 primary schools. Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) out of its 191 primary schools has no single-teacher school.

The following interactive chart will explain STS percentage across Pakistan.

The question is: Do we have trained teachers for multigrade teaching? The teachers at STS are supposed to be well trained to teach students of different grades (classes) simultaneously.

“In Pakistan, where multigrade teaching is a must because there are no other options, teachers require training on how to adapt their teaching for the multigrade setting”, argues ANYA KERMANI HOSAIN in her article “Multigrade schools: One class for them all.”