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Insecurity behind nearly 50pc of schoolgirl dropouts

Insecurity behind nearly 50pc of schoolgirl dropouts

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Dec 24, 2019 - 18:33

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): An investigative report shows 14 percent of girls are forced to leave school in six provinces of the country and nearly half of schoolgirls across the country say insecurity is their major issue.

Womeninfo-icon and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) on Tuesday published the report about challenges and opportunities concerning girls’ educationinfo-icon.

As part of the report, the foundation says it interviewed 1,373 people in Nangarhar, Kabul, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Balkh and Parwan provinces.

The interviewees included 726 schoolgirls, 322 girls who had left school and parents of school girls, teachers, school principles and education experts. The report was prepared between July 2018 and December 2019.

Findings of the report show 49 percent of 322 girls who left school say insecurity was the main threat to them. Another 22 girls who left school said they did so due to violence.

It said 18 percent of the girls said they abandoned school due to impossibilities, seven percent said due to harassment and four percent left school due to forced marriages.

 

Migrationinfo-icon, lack of female teachers, reaching adultness, long distances, harassment in schools, closure of schools, bad traditions, poverty and doing household works are factors that force girls to leave school.

The report shows 59 percent of girls who left school were aged between 13 and 15 years.

Nearly 25 percent of girl students in Badakhshan, 20 in Nangarhar, 17 in Parwan, 16 in Kandahar, 13 in Kabul and 12 in Balkh province said they had stopped going to their schools.

Parents say lack of female teachers in schools was reason their daughters left schools while teachers say long distances contributed to the dropouts.

On the other hand, school principles and education experts say that bad traditions also barred girls from going to school.

The report says 726 girls who are still studying in schools were also interviewed and 49 percent of them called insecurity their major fear.

While 24 percent girls said they were stopped from going to school by families, 16 percent said topped after failing exam, four percent blamed domestic violence, four percent called harassment, two percent violence in schools and one percent cited lack of healthcare facilities in schools as reasons why they dropped out.

Encouraging parents for girls education, public awareness, improving academic capacity of teachers, improvement of security, increasing female teachers, reducing poverty, providing more schools, separating girls schools, and empowering local institutions are recommendations WCLRF provided for girls education in the report.

Education Minister Mirwais Balkhi said that around 3.7 million children, with 70 percent of them girls, were deprived of education in the country.

“We thank those who prepared this report, they pointed out issues that bar girls from education, we will try to resolve these problems,” he said.

Balkhi said 60 percent work had been completed on 2,700 schools and their construction was aimed at shortening distances for students, he said.

He added that 1,100 of these schools were for girls. Work on 3,000 more schools would also start in future, he said.

Some guide books for girls’ healthinfo-icon have also been printed and efforts are on for resolving other relevant problems, he added.

“Peace is the only way to do away with insecurity, there is no other option to choose,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, talking to the event, said girls’ education and curbing corruption could contribute to the country’s development.

The government, particularly the Ministry of Education had made many efforts for education, but more work still needed, he added. He said the government would not hesitate from any efforts at educating girls.

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