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Millions of F Mail student being denied right to education

ISLAMABAD: Almost 16 million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 will never get the chance to enroll in primary school compared to 8m boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS).

Published in the run-up to International Women's Day on March 8, the UNESCO's eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education reports that girls are still in the process of becoming 20 years old.

Gender disparities remain highest in Arab states, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. In South and West Asia 80 percent of out-of-school girls will never enter formal education compared to 16 percent of such boys. This affects about 4m girls compared to less than 1m boys.

According to recent data, the total number of children of primary school-going age has reached 59m. Out of this number 31m are girls.

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