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Kijran’s girl students say face many challenges

Kijran’s girl students say face many challenges

Nov 06, 2017 - 16:08

NEILI (Pajhwok): Lack of teachers, under age marriages, negative traditions and insecurity are issues that prevent many girls from going to school in Kijran district of central Daikundi province.

Girls in Daikundi, a relatively stable province, pursue their education keenly but in Kijran district the students complain they lack learning resources and face obstacles in going to school.

Bas Gul, a schoolgirl in 11th grade in Kijran district, said, “Lack of professional teachers, schools and negative traditions prevent many girls from going to school.”

She said most of male teachers in the district were only hight school graduates and they were in very limited number. “The reason that is most families do not let their girls attend schools or learn lessons from male teachers”, she said.

However, a number of residents of Kijran district said long distances from schools and insecurity were other reasons that deprived girls of schooling.

Fatima, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that schools in Kijran were fewer and many girls could not attend classes due to their remoteness. Taliban’s activities in the district were another obstacle.

The grade 12th student said: “I go to school from Zard Gulan village to Bargiri village on foot and it takes at least three hours to reach there, I ask the government to pay attention to Kijran education.”

Razia, another resident who has graduated from a high school three years ago, said, “Parents engage their daughters after they graduate from school, girls are not allowed to do a job outside home or go to school after they are married.”

She said marriage was a primary need, but families should let their girls continue higher education.

Not only Razia, but many other girls also faced challenges in continuing their higher education in the district.

Firoza, 22, a mother of three children, said: “I studied up to grade nine, after that my father married me to a man, my husband now does not let me go to school and I am now a housewife.”

Javid Joya, a civil society activist in Daikundi, said patriarchy, strict traditions and activities of some militant groups like Taliban in some areas of Kijran were reasons behind girls dropouts.

“Afghan forces should improve security situation so girls and teachers feel safe while going to schools”, he said.

Sayed Baqir Murtazavi, provincial police chief, said Daikundi shared border with Helmand province and that was the reason Taliban sometimes appeared in some areas of Kijran.

However, he said the security situation was good in the district and girls could attend schools without any problems.

Provincial education department confirmed problems in the education system in Kijran district and said female teachers in the district were not interested in teaching there while female teachers from other areas demanded high amount of salaries.

Daikundi acting education director, Hussaindad Alamizada, said the number of schoolgirls was very limited in Kijran and female teachers from other districts were not willing to perform duty in Kijran.

He said 35 schools were operational in Kijran, imparting education to 8,598 boys and 7,743 girls. But only 49 of total 114 teachers are females in the district and all of them are only hight school graduates.

According to Diakundi education department, 166,366 students including boys and girls attend 389 schools in the province. The students are taught by 3,002 teachers including 1,083 females.