Paktika enrolls 800 Afghan students studying in Pakistan
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghan students enrolled at Pakistani schools have been paved the ground to study in their home country, officials in southeastern Paktika province said on Tuesday.
Nearly 800 students hailing from two border districts --- Barmal and Shakin --- in Pakitka had been studying in Pakistani schools across the Durand Land, but they have recently been admitted in schools in their home towns.
Earlier there were reports that Pakistani curriculum was taught to students in some schools in southeastern Afghanistan, but local officials had rejected these reports.
Paktika Governor Eng. Abdul Karim Matin told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of students from Barmal and Shakin districts had been studying in Pakistani schools over the past 13 years.
The governor said the delegation had been able to open four schools for the returning students and provide them with needed facilities.
“Barmal is a border district and the Wazir tribe is living on both sides of the border and they have close relations. We want to provide our students more facilities and high standard of education than they received in Pakistan,” the governor said.
Paktika Education Director Kuchi Zazai also confirmed to Pajhwok the repatriation of Afghan students, who had been studying in Pakistani schools over the past 13 years, in cooperation with tribal elders.
“Barmal borders both south and north Waziristan. Students in Barmal previously lacked facilities and they had study across the border.”
The director said two primary, one middle and one high school had been set up for the returning students to continue their studies in their home town.
The Wazir tribe council head, Shah Baraz, expressed his happiness over the establishment of schools for students leaving schools in Pakistan and thanked the Afghan government.
“After this development, we will not send our children to study in schools across the border,” he said.
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