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Many Momand Dara children study in Pakistani schools

Many Momand Dara children study in Pakistani schools

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Apr 14, 2019 - 18:22

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Many children of Momand Dara district of eastern Nangarhar province still cross into Pakistaninfo-icon and attend schools there due to lack of educationinfo-icon facilities in their own areas.

As a result of their study in Pakistan, these Afghan children are not aware about the history of their country and instead learn Pakistan’s history and language, say local residents, who demand of the provincial government to set up standard educational facilities in their areas.

However, Nangarhar education officials say they have surveyed problems in the border areas and would soon open a standard school in the zero point area that would facilitate children to get education based on Afghanistaninfo-icon curriculum.

These students wear orange color uniform unlike the uniforms used in Afghanistan while going to school across the border. The children walk for hours to reach the schools.

Fatullah, a class four in  a Pakistani school across the border, says they are taught lesions in Urdu language. He says he is a resident of Momand Dara district and crosses the border into Pakistan to attend school.

Abdulhaq from Momand Dara district is another student who crosses the border and attends a Pakistani school. He says he did not know about Afghanistan’s history as he is studying Pakistan’s history in Urdu language.

He said students like him would remain unaware about their own country’s history and culture if they are provided education facilities in their own areas.

Nawidullah, another such student, said a school was available in their area but it lacked professional teachers, building and teaching materials which he termed as reasons he crossed the border for education.

Haji Walayat Khan, a tribal elder in the area, also said there were no professional teachers and standard schools in their region and that was why many children attended schools across the border.

On the other hand, Nangarhar education officials say one school was available in the area and a second one was under construction.

Mohammad Asif Shinwari, Nangarhar education department spokesman, told Pajhwok that some people of Momand Dara district worked across the border and they had to take their children with them for study there.

He said a delegation was also sent to the area for hearing problems of the people in Momand Dara district and the problems of students would be resolved.

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