More than 35,000 children lack access education in Samangan
The problems included financial constraints, lack of schools in minority villages, long distance to schools in some areas and cultural traditions which prevented girls from going to school, the deputy education department head, Abdul Jabbar Mayar, said.
There are 258 schools in Samangan, where about 90,000 students, including 32,000 girls, are being taught by 2,186 teachers, 422 of them women, Mayar, said.
All of the schools are open, but a lack of adequate female teachers is a problem, he said.
Local people, however, have complained that in some areas schools are not operating.
In Sar Ghazi, Tarhaguzar, Qamchab Takhta and Ahangaran villages of Roi Duaab district there are no schools at all, a representative from the district in the provincial council, Makhdum Ataull Haq, said.
When there are no schools, about 90 percent of the children work in the fields, he said.
Sabzina, 11, a resident of Kata Qashlaq, on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Aibak, said she wanted to learn but could not because there were no schools for girls.
"There is a boys' school in our village and I am also interested to learn but there is no school for girls," Sabzina said, as she kept watch over her grazing sheep. Other girls, like her, were also grazing sheep or working in the fields, she said.
"We have asked the government to build a school for girls in our area, and when there is, I will send my daughter there," Sabzina’s father, Abdul Rasoul, 43, said.
Mayar, the deputy education department head, said they had appealed to the Ministry of Education to build 15 schools in remote villages, and work on the schools should start in the summer.
A recent survey by Oxfam International, an international non-governmental organisation, found that 70 percent of 687 girls in 17 provinces were interested in learning.
However, only 18 percent of the girls, aged about 18, were currently in school, the research, completed in 2010, showed.
The study also questioned 332 teachers and 630 families. It showed that there were no female teachers in about 245 districts of the country and that 22 percent of teachers were marked permanently absent, it said.
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