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The overall educational situation, based on key indicators such as likely enrolments, number of institutes and number of teachers, has shown a slight improvement, the Economic Survey (2011-2012) determined on Thursday. According to the survey, the number of enrolments during 2010-11 was 39.9 million against 38.2 million during the same period last year.

This shows an increase of 4.4 percent. It is estimated to increase to 41.6 million during 2011-12. The number of institutes stood at 227,800 during 2010-11 as compared to 228,400 during the same period last year. This shows a decrease of 0.3 percent. However, the number is estimated to increase to 228,300 during 2011-12. The number of teachers during 2010-11 was 1.41 million compared to 1.39 million during the same period last year showing an increase of 1.7 percent. This number is estimated to further increase to 1.45 million during 2011-12.

The Net Enrolment Rate (NER) at primary level during 2010-11 slightly decreased to 56 percent from 57 percent in 2008-09. Punjab shows a decrease from 62 percent in 2010-11 to 61 percent in 2010-11, Sindh also shows a decrease from 54 percent to 53 percent in 2010-11, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa witnessed a decrease from 52 percent to 51 percent while Balochistan improved from 44 percent in 2008-09 to 47 percent in 2010-11.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) during the period 2008-12 awarded 3996 scholarships under different programs. As many as 3,572 scholars proceeded to avail these programmes on merit basis and 1,650 scholars completed their studies.

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