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Girls pursuing studies despite hurdles in Patu district

Girls pursuing studies despite hurdles in Patu district

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May 31, 2018 - 17:00

NEILI (Pajhwok): Girls in Patu district of central Daikundi province say the lack of female professional teachers, traditional restrictions on womeninfo-icon and insecurity are hurdles to their educationinfo-icon.

Zahra Yawari, a resident of the district, said schools in their area were far from homes. She said: “Families fear insecurity and long distance between school and home to send daughters to schools, so girls remain away from education.”

Amina, 22, who could not continue her study after grade eight, said: “I studied till 8th grade then I got married and was not allowed to continue my study.”

Most of girls were deprived of study by strict traditions and insecurity in such districts, she remarked.

However, provincial police chief Ghulam Sakhi Ghafoori said Patu district had been part of Uruzgan province in the past, when it might be unstable, but currently its security was maintained.

He said the district would be somehow insecure and girls were not allowed to go to school due to long distance between homes and school.

Girl students in the district urged the government to provide facilities for local residents particularly female students to have full access to schools as well permission from their parents to get education.

They claimed the lack of female teachers and instability were major challenges that kept girls from attending classes.

Meanwhile, Rukhshan, a student of the Patu school, said: “Our school has not recruited female teachers and male teachers lack experience, even most of them don’t have 12th class certificate.”

Haider Ali Dawlatyar, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said: “Sixty percent of school teachers have been recruited in the district without having 12th grade degree.”

In the past, Patu district education affairs would be managed by the education department of Gezab district in central Uruzgan province.

But at the beginning of the ongoing year, the Patu district was established.

Daikundi education department says empty posts in Patu schools had been announced to recruit new teachers via an open completion

Rahmatullah Seerat, the provincial education director, also confirmed a number of schools in the district lacked trained teachers.

He said qualified teachers from others districts did not want to teach in the district against low salary.

 He said female schools were active in Patu district and soon some new female teachers would be recruited to resolve the issue.

Currently, there are 49 schools across the district and all of them are open for students

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