FACTORS AFFECTING THE FEMALE EDUCATION IN THE NEWLY MERGED DISTRICT BAJAUR OF KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN
Female education plays a significant role in the socioeconomic development of a nation. Unfortunately, female of the erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) face with numerous barriers in the field of education. This research study has tried to investigate the responsible factors affecting the female’s education in the district Bajaur erstwhile FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. For this purpose, the quantitative research method was used to explore the key barriers to female education by selecting 100 respondents of the family heads and the analyses have been carried out with the application of different statistical tests. The major findings of the study depict that the leading factors which are affecting the female education in this area includes the lack of female educational institutions, lack of female teaching staff, inadequate transport system, poor quality of education, ineffective education policies, and early marriage of females. Moreover, 79% of the sample respondents have shown positive attitudes towards the female education and they have been demanded to provide these facilities in order to improve the ratio of female to male education.