Analysis of Parents Attitude towards Females Higher Education in Remote Areas
Females are essential and undeniable part of human population as they form half of the human society. Pakistan is considered amongst those countries where female literacy rate is low. The literacy rate among rural female is 29%. Current study was conducted in rural area of district Bhakkar in order to analyze parents’ attitude towards female higher education to explore and highlight the facts behind the literacy rate of females in Pakistan. A sample of size 200 respondents was selected through multistage random sampling technique and interviewed. The analysis reveals that literacy rate among parents was one of leading contributing factor towards female education. Families with sound educational background showed positive attitude towards females’ education and vice versa. Moreover monetary factor remained of great value in the field of higher education. Families with good financial position showed positive attitude towards female’s higher education as compared to families with economically weak position. Majority of the parents were in favour to educate their daughters in order to make them active member of society. The overall percentage of parents in favour of female education was 88% that was contradicting to the researches conducted earlier in ruler areas of Punjab Province. Resisting factors for female education were found poverty, lack of awareness, traditional and cultural constraints, lack of conveniences and illiteracy among parents. Efforts should be made to provide physical facilities such as building of school, transportation and presence of female staff to make parents more contented towards female education.