More private schools opened in the Punjab than new government schools in the last eight years, data shows.
From 2008 to 2016, 974 government schools were opened in total. In comparison, however, 39,958 private schools were established. These private schools were opened for primary, middle, high and higher secondary level education.
8,644 private schools were opened in 2016 alone. The Punjab government built 47 schools the same year. This information is available in the public and private school census data by the Punjab Education Sector Reform Program.
The orange part of our graph is the number of private schools built each year. The orange area above the blue area can represent demand for schools.
The year 2011 was when the highest number of government schools (236) were opened. In the same year, 12 times more private schools (2,896) were built.
SAMAA Digital was limited in its analysis as the PESRP data was not available for 2017 and 2018.