Ghor university graduates concerned about jobs
FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): The first batch of more than 130 students on Wednesday graduated from the university in western Ghor province amid concerns about growing joblessness.
The students, including 30 females, attended a graduation ceremony at the Ghor Higher Education Institute here.
The institute’ director, Attaullah Fazil, congratulated the students and called their graduation as a big achievement for the Ministry of Higher Education and the Afghan people.
Established in 2012, the Ghor Higher Education Institute has mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Islamic Studies, computer science, Dari literature and English literature faculties. Fazil said they were planning to increase the number of faculties next year.
However, the graduates expressed their concern about unemployment. One of them, Huma, who was happy about her graduation, but complained there were no job opportunities for new graduates.
Her colleague, Mohammad Hanif, who graduated from the chemistry department, said more than 100 students graduated today to join hundreds of others who had received their higher education in other provinces but they were still jobless.
“We are concerned that we could not utilise the education we have received because there are no jobs here. Only those having connections in government offices are employed,” he said.
Hanif asked the government to provide them jobs otherwise people would stop sending their children to higher education institutes.
But Governor Sima Joyinda in her address to the graduation ceremony said creating job opportunities for the youth was one of her major priorities.
She said she had shared her programme with the government and if implemented would create job opportunities for many people including women.
Joyinda said the provincial government would be administrated by the youth to be appointed on merit based on her proposed programme.
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