The study aims to see the effect of the socio-economic background of learners on their language
skills of 9th class students in public sector schools in southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Stratified simple random sampling technique was adopted following Krejcie and Morgan rule and 379
respondents were consulted for data collection. Two valid and reliable instruments were applied, first, the socioeconomic status scale and then test were conducted for finding ability in reading skills i.e. comprehension, fluency,
identification of adverb, to skim and to scan the passages. Data was analyzed through mean; for checking the
outcome of SE background on the reading skills, the mean of means was calculated. The students who have a
supportive environment at home for English performed better in test scores of comprehension, fluency, adverb
identification, skimming and scanning. The study recommends that students may be supported at home for
polishing their reading skills.
1-Shehla Sheikh Ph.D Scholar,Institute of Education and Research,Gomal University, D.I.Khan, Kp, Pakistan.2-Allah Noor Khan Assistant Professor,Institute of Education and Research,Gomal University, D.I.Khan, Kp, Pakistan.3-Mazhar Gul Lecturer, Department of Education, Preston University, Kohat, Kp, Pakistan.