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Above 870 girls graduate from Helmand schools this year

Above 870 girls graduate from Helmand schools this year

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Jul 01, 2019 - 18:48

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): More than 870 female students graduated from high schools in southern Helmand province this year, an official said on Monday, rejecting some reports in this regard.

Helmand educationinfo-icon department officials said there were some reports that not a single girl had graduated from high school in some districts of the province this year.

Zalmay Afghan, the provincial Education Department’s spokesman, said the reports were baseless as 871 girls had graduated this year throughout the province schools.

He added, “The number of high school graduated girls would increase once we receive the exact number of graduates from the Betari and Setari schools in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.”

He said, “Around 4,000 girls have graduated from schools within the past few years.”

He also said that girls could not attend schools in Nawzad, Sangin, Musa Qala, Kajaki, Deshu, Khanashin and Garamsir districts due to security problems.

However, he said efforts were underway through tribal elders and government officials to address all issues impeding girls’ education.

Fareshta, a graduate from the Malali high school in Lashkargah city, told Pajhwok that dozens of girls graduated from her school this year.

She said, “We want to study higher education after completing 12th grade and we should be facilitated in this regard.”

Meanwhile, Abdul Haq Zwakman, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said Talibaninfo-icon threats and some bad traditions barred girls from attending schools in the province.

He said, “We have to do more work to convince the Taliban militants and people to allow girls to get education in the province.”

Mir Ahmad Aka, a resident of Musa Qala district, said their district had no facility for girls’ education. He said girls were always deprived of education due to security and other issues.

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