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Barmal students still go to Pakistani schools, say residents

Barmal students still go to Pakistani schools, say residents

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Apr 24, 2019 - 15:37

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Some students from the Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province still go to Pakistani schools across the border, residents say.

Inhabitants of the district claimed hundreds of students were enrolled in Pakistani schools due to lack of educationinfo-icon facilities in the area.

Mohammad Omar, a teacher at the Kamal Sarhadi School, told Pajhwok Afghan News hundreds of students of Baadar area were still studying in Pakistani schools.

Around 500 children have been getting education at private and government-run schools across the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

Taj Mohammad, a resident of the area, said the Afghan government had set up schools in Barmal but they did not want to send their children there due to the standard issue.

Taj added educational institutes in the district taught students only up to 10th grade. Their children thus have no option but to cross the Durand Line to attend Pakistani schools.

“If high schools are opened in the district, we would not longer send our children to Pakistani schools,” he commented, calling for education facilities in the area.

Gul Karim, a member of the district youth association, told Pajhwok then absence of high schools and others facilities had forced students to go to Pakistani institutes.

He urged the government to construct high schools and hire professional teachers to wean local children away from Pakistani schools.

Farid and Ajab daily go to schools across the Durand Line. They said they got education in Urdu language and heard Pakistaninfo-icon’s national anthem. But they do not know about their own anthem.

They also urged the Afghan government to provide them all education facilities in their own town.

Education Director Mehrabuddin Shafaq confirmed the issue, saying relatives of such students had businesses across the border and wanted their children to receive education in Pakistan.

He said efforts were underway to construct a standard high school for Barmal students in near future.

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