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Programme to help 900 girls pursue higher studies launched

Programme to help 900 girls pursue higher studies launched

Jul 14, 2016 - 18:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The USAIDinfo-icon-sponsored programme aimed at enabling 900 Afghan womeninfo-icon to pursue higher studies was launched on Thursday, an official said.

Under the programme, Afghan girls who could not afford tuition fee at private higher educationinfo-icon institutes would be helped to get the facility free of cost.

Suraya Omar, a representative of the Asia Foundation in Afghanistaninfo-icon, told a press conference here that the programme was part of the USAID’s Promote project and was being implemented by the Asia Foundation.

All the girls from all 34 provinces of the country who were interested in higher education but could not afford fees could find registration forms online through the Asia Foundation’s website, she said.

“Girls scoring 151 and 189 marks (in Kankoor exam) and those introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education to private higher educational institutes and those who are prevented by their families from studying higher education and those who are living in remote areas and have low economy are prioritized in the programme,” she said.

However, Suraya Omar said that girls registering for the service should not be the current student of any private higher education institutes.

In general, 900 girls would be covered by the program with 270 of them being enrolled for bachelor’s degree inside the country and 180 for master’s degree would be sent to India, she said.

She added 216 of the applicants for bachelor’s degree would be enrolled this year and the rest others the next year. The applicants for master’s degree would be accepted in 1397 and 1398 solar years.

She said the programme’s implementation would cost $15 million to be paid by the USAID.


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