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Plan ready to register Paktia seminaries: official

Plan ready to register Paktia seminaries: official

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Apr 12, 2018 - 19:05

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A new plan is ready to register seminaries in southeastern Paktia province which are out of the provincial educationinfo-icon department’s framework, local officials said on Thursday.

Additionally, more and well equipped centers for Islamic education would also be established as part of the plan, said the officials while launching work on a new seminary building in Mahlan area of Gardez, the provincial capital, on Thursday.

Paktia governor Shamim Khan Katawazai told Pajhwok Afghan News that the government was paying equal attention to Islamic, scientific and vocational education.

He said people should encourage their children to pursue religious education inside Afghanistaninfo-icon instead of sending them abroad such as Pakistaninfo-icon.

Katawazi said a special team had been tasked with traveling to districts for registration of unregistered seminaries and provision of facilities to them.

After their registration, the seminaries would teach government-sanctioned curriculum, he added.

“The government would provide all needed facilities to these seminaries equal to schools. Extremism is not confined to seminaries alone, but we are trying to prevent it,” he said.

Paktia education director, Kuchai Zazai said construction of the new seminary had been financed by the Education Ministry’s development budget.

He said the two acres of land for the madrasa had been donated by local people and its construction would cost 12 million afghanis and take one year to complete.

Zazai said the seminary had the capacity for more than one thousand students at a time and efforts were underway to share resources with all seminaries in the province.

“We have three types of seminaries --- registered with the government, unregistered but active out of the government framework and the third type those seminaries which are neither registered nor they follow our curriculum,” he said.

Currently 16 seminaries are operational in Paktia imparting religious education to 9,000 students including 3,000 of them girls education.

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