Barmal students going to Pakistani schools, say residents
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Some children from the Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province are forced to go to Pakistani schools across the border, residents said on Saturday.
The issue was raised at a public meeting, which was attended by Barmal residents, area elders and Deputy Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs Abdul Ghafoor Lewal.
Speaking on the occasion, tribal elder Sohbat Khan claimed thousands of students from the district were enrolled in Pakistani schools due to lack of education facilities in the area.
“The government repeatedly says that schools are functional across Barmal, but this is not the case,” he said, asking the authorities to open all educational institutes in the district at the earliest possible.
Abdur Rahman, another resident, confirmed the closure of schools had left parents with no option but to send their children to Pakistan.
“If schools in Barmal are reopened, Pakistani refugees are also ready to let their children study Afghanistan’s syllabus,” he observed, stressing improved educational facilities at the local level.
Widespread insecurity and other factors have led to the closure of schools in the backward border town, according to Rahman, who hoped the situation would be addressed on a priority basis.
Lewal promised the issue would be shared with the higher-ups in Kabul and a solution found sooner rather than later. He said education facilities for a thousand students from Barmal would be ensured in the national capital.
Governor Aminullah Shariq also pledged all-out efforts to reopen schools in the district. “Providing education facilities for the locals is our responsibility,” he remarked.
Education Director Kochai Zazai told Pajhwok Afghan News Barmal schools had been shut down because of violence. Efforts were underway to reactivate the schools, he concluded.
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