Many Khair Kot girls deprived of education: elders
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Residents of the Khair Kot district of southeastern Paktika province on Saturday said girls in the town were deprived of education as no proper attention had been paid to their education there.
They expressed these views at a gathering titled “education the right of girls” in which a number of tribal elders and religious scholars from the Khair Kot district took part.
Speaking on the occasion, religious scholar Maulvi Hassan said boys and girls had the same order in Islam about education.
“To improve human lives, it is necessary that women should also get education like men. For example, if a woman becomes doctor, she could save lives of mothers and children besides other treatments.”
The cleric said residents of the Khair Kot district were ready to cooperate with the government in the area of education. He said no proper attention had been paid to the education of girls in the town.
A tribal elder from the district, Zar Khan, said residents wanted to send their children to school, but the government was not cooperating with them.
He said very fewer number of girls’ schools existed in the district and the government should establish more schools for girls there. Under the Constitution, he said, the government was responsible to pave the ground for education of boys and girls.
Another trial elder from Khair Kot, Nadir Khan Sulimankhel, said residents of the town had been cooperating with the government for the last 13 years.
He said there was no problem with regard to boys’ education, but the number of schools for girls should be increased in the district.
He said the lone girls high school in Khair Kot could not be enough for the entire district, where mostly girls were imparted education until 6th class only.
Education Director Kuchi Zazai told Pajhwok Afghan News people who wanted schools for girls should contact his department. “If Khair Kot residents want schools for girls, we are ready to provide them with all facilities, they need to contact us,” he said.
He said one high, one middle and four primary schools for girls were operational in the Khair Kot district. He said passion for girls education had lately increased in Paktika and so demands in this regard.
According to him, nearly 150,000 students, including 25,000 girls, go to 358 schools in Paktika. Of the schools, 237 have no proper buildings.
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