Hundreds of Paktika children still attend Pakistani schools
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Hundreds of children of Barmal district in southeastern Paktika province are still attending Pakistani schools across the border, residents said on Saturday.
Mirajan Wazir, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 700 students from Barmal district attended Pakistani schools.
He said people were sending their children to Pakistani schools because the Afghan government was not providing education facilities to them.
Wazir said local officials, who visited Barmal district last year, had promised to build schools in border areas to prevent children from attending Pakistani schools, but their promises were yet to be honoured.
“We are happy that our children are learning. Pakistan has provided this facility to our children while our own government just makes promises and do nothing in practical,” he said.
He said students attending Pakistani schools were learning all about Pakistan and they sang the national anthem of that country.
Hashim Khan, a tribal elder, also said they had shared the issue with Afghan officials but nothing could be practically done.
“All education materials in schools across the border are in Pashto language, the curriculum is Pakistani. Pakistani officials who attend important meetings at these schools promise Afghan children of providing them all education facilities,” he said.
A number of other residents of the district held similar views. Barmal district education officer, Mohammad Hanif, confirmed more than 600 local children were attending Pakistani schools.
“I have already shared the issue with the education department. I opened schools in border areas for our children, but the education department did not deploy teachers there,” he said.
He said children from Barmal district attending Pakistani schools were learning Pakistan education curriculum and wore their special uniform.
Provincial education director, Kochai Zazai, also confirmed the issue and said they had provided all education facilities to Barmal children, but the children voluntary chose Pakistani schools.
He asked security organs to prevent Barmal children from attending Pakistani schools.
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