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There is no girls’ school in 11 Ghazni districts

There is no girls’ school in 11 Ghazni districts

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Mar 17, 2020 - 18:33

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Eleven districts of southern Ghazni province have been lacking girls’ school, an official said on Tuesday.

Ghazni has 18 districts in total and 14 of them have been under high security threat.

Educationinfo-icon Director Mohibullah Ansari told Pajhwok Afghan News that districts that lacked girls’ schools included Zana Khan, Ajristan, Rashidan, Khogyani, Waeez, Ab Band, Gilan, Giro, Deh Yak, Andar and Nawa.

According to him, thousands girls have so far been graduated from high school in Jaghori, Malistan, Muqar, Qarabagh, Jaghatu and Khwaja Omari districts over the past few years.

He said the Talibaninfo-icon had been strongly opposed to girls education in the past and they did not allow construction of schools for girls.

However, the rebels allowed the education department to construct schools for girls in some parts of the province, the official said.

He added efforts were underway through local tribal elders to get Taliban permission for construction of girls’ schools in the mentioned districts.

Ansari said, “If the Taliban allow we will recruit religious scholars and local elderly people to teach girls in their areas until female instructors are hired.”

He said the issue had been already shared with the Ministry of Education and the ministry had assured its cooperation.

Farishta,  a grade 12 student in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok she was from Gilan district but moved to the provincial capital for education.

She said, “I have been living here just for getting education and after my graduation, I will want to study in my favorite facult.”

She expressed her deep concern over lack of girls’ schools in 11 districts, saying girls from poor families could not afford to study in the city.

Nadir Khan Girawal, a tribal elder, said only Pashtuninfo-icon-inhibited districts were without girls’ schools.

He said Pashtuns dominated districts not only lacked girls’ schools but their boys also faced with the shortage of textbooks and professional teachers in the mentioned districts.

He urged the Taliban to allow education officials to create schools for girls in their areas in near future.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had no problem with girls’ schools in any part of the country.

He said it would be good to contact their education commission for further details in this regard.

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