• Rashida Khanum
  • Dr. Shahida Sajjad


Female Education, Regional Leaders, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Female Students


The present study aimed to explore the status of female education at various levels as perceived by regional leaders and female students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir from the district Poonch. Using stratified random sampling, a sample of 400 regional leaders and 200 female students was selected. Descriptive statistics and Independent t tests were used for data analysis and testing of hypotheses. The results show that although most of the leaders were favoring female education most of them were not in favor of co-education. In contrast, all-female students were favoring female education as well as the majority of them were in favor of coeducation. The majority of the regional leaders considered that the society will get benefits from female education, but the majority of the female students thought that that female education benefits them to take part in the country’s development. The results of the study will create awareness among the public, leaders, and policymakers to rectify issues related to female education thus encouraging more girls to be enrolled at all levels of education.

Author Biographies

Rashida Khanum

Rashida Khanum is a Ph.D. Scholar at Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology, Karachi. Her email ID is

Dr. Shahida Sajjad

Professor Dr. Shahida Sajjad is a distinguished Professor of Social Sciences. She has a vast experience of teaching and research in different universities. Dr. Sajjad is currently associated with the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology, Karachi Her email is


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