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‘Ghost schools’ haunt Pakistan despite budget boost

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's education budget has doubled in recent years but literacy and dropout rates remain abysmal and "ghost schools" persist, a new report said. A staggering 24 million children are not in school and more than half of eight-year-olds cannot read despite the budget growing twofold to $7.5 billion in the last six years, the report from the US-based Wilson Centre released Thursday found. Pakistan's poor report card comes even as the number of so-called ghost schools – which receive funding but have no teachers…