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Not a single high school for girls in Paktika province

Not a single high school for girls in Paktika province

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:43

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Some women in southeastern Paktika province complain their daughters are deprived of higher education because not a single high school for girls exists in the province.

Bakht Bibi, a resident of Sharan, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News no attention was being paid to girls’ education. “No high school has been constructed for girls in Sharan. I don’t know about the situation in districts.”

She asked the government to construct a girls’ high school in Sharan so that some students could continue their studies. Besides the education conundrum, Paktika women also faced grave health and domestic violence issues.

Gul Maki, another resident, accused the government of ignoring the development of the province. Paktika is the only province of Afghanistan where no high school for girls exists, according to her.

Families living in Sharan were more interested in sending their daughters and sisters to schools, she said. But there was not a single high school in the provincial capital, she hastened to add.

Zarghoona, a student at Kashiwal Primary School, said: “I am currently studying in sixth class. After completing the sixth grade, I will have to discontinue my education as there is no high school here.”

She linked girls’ education to the improved economic condition of families, saying well-off parents sent their children to school but poor households could not afford doing so.

Women Affairs Director Bibi Hawa Khosiwal acknowledged no high school for girls existed in Sharan and the authorities concerned had done nothing in this regard.

She said the issue had been discussed with education officials, who promised constructing a well-equipped girls’ high school in the provincial capital.

Mohammad Naseem Wajid, acting education director, said lack of attention from the previous administration and cultural restraints were the main reasons for the failure to build a high school for girls.

Wajid pledged the issue would be resolved in the next academic year. More than 32,000 girls are receiving education in 29 schools across Paktika. The number of schools in the provinces is 347.