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ERIC Number: EJ838242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Challenging the Myths about "Madaris" in Pakistan: A National Household Survey of Enrolment and Reasons for Choosing Religious Schools
Cockcroft, Anne; Andersson, Neil; Milne, Deborah; Omer, Khalid; Ansari, Noor; Khan, Amir; Chaudhry, Ubaid Ullah
International Journal of Educational Development, v29 n4 p342-349 Jul 2009
There is speculation about madaris in Pakistan as sources of terrorists and about levels and reasons for enrolment, but a dearth of empirical data. We studied madarsah enrolment among 53,960 representative households; 853 focus groups of parents discussed enrolment choices. In 2004, 2.6% of all children (3.8% of school-going children) aged 5-9 years attended a madarsah. Children from urban and less educated households were more likely to attend a madarsah, but there was no difference by sex of the child or household vulnerability. Parents chose madaris because they offered an Islamic education. Our findings challenge misconceptions about madaris in Pakistan. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pakistan
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A