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In 18 years, no girl graduates from 7 Paktia districts

In 18 years, no girl graduates from 7 Paktia districts

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Aug 28, 2019 - 19:06

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): No girl could graduate from high school in seven districts of southeastern Paktia province during the past 18 years, claimed officials, civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents on Wednesday.

The districts include Zurmat, Gerda Serai, Shwak, Wuza Zadran, Ladha wa Mangal, Ahmadkhel and Janikhel.

A number of the Provincial Council members, civil society activists and residents said they were deeply concerned about  the situation of girls’ educationinfo-icon in Paktia and urged the government to address the issue with people’s cooperation.

Parwana, a civil society activist, expressed her deep concern over the issue and said Paktia was a large province and perhaps Zurmat district had more population than a province.

Najia Niga, a resident of Zurmat district, said not a single girl graduated from high school during the past 18 years.

Niga said: “For a good and stable life, education is necessary, but so far Zurmat girls have no school building and in the rest of six districts womeninfo-icon and girls are deprived of education and nothing has been done for their education.”

Zahir Shah Haidari, another activist, told Pajhwok cultural barriers, insecurity, lack of schools and facilities were major factors behind the issue.

“Where the problem lies? Why girls lack school buildings and facilities? We are seriously urging the local administrative and the central government to pay serious attention to our girls’ education.”

Rahima, a resident of Shwak district, told Pajhwok they attended school until class 6th in their district.

She said: “There was no class after class 6th because families do not allow their daughters to attend classes beyond this class. It is a big problem.”

Meanwhile, Mohammad Rahman Qadari, a member of the Provincial Council, accused the Education Department of being widely indulged corruption and said the department had no capability and control on its own affairs at all.

He termed the issue as huge and said the authorities concerned were responsible for it.

Pakita education department head Kuchiinfo-icon Zazai told Pajhwok that 13 girls schools had been closed by Talibaninfo-icon militants in Zurmat over the past few years and the rest of girls schools faced the same fate in the province.

He said they were trying to find female teachers and address culture related barriers in some districts and then address the issue.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they closed girls schools in Zurmat district because the schools were without buildings and others relevant facilities.

He said male teachers could teach small girls and in presence of necessary facilities from the government.

Pk/ma

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