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Remote areas’ residents against girls’ education: Minister

Remote areas’ residents against girls’ education: Minister

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11 Sep 2022 - 18:30
Remote areas’ residents against girls’ education: Minister
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11 Sep 2022 - 18:30

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Acting Education Minister Maulvi Noorullah Munir on Sunday said the residents of remote areas were against girls’ education as they did not want their adult daughters to go to school.

Maulvi Munir talked to journalists during his visit to central Uruzgan province.

About the continued closure of girls’ schools above sixth grade, the minister said they were trying to provide conditions that were acceptable to all. He added the previous governments did not take into account such cultural issues and this led to uprisings against them.

The minister said they had started efforts to provide conditions that were acceptable to all to enable girls to go schools so the current government faced no reaction.

“The Ministry of Education is trying to provide education to girls according to the culture and traditions of the people.”

About his visit to Uruzgan, Maulvi Munir said he wanted to evaluate educational and administrative affairs of the province.

His ministry was trying to solve problems in the field of education in Uruzgan and strengthen the education process.

Some time ago, he said, an examination was conducted to fill seven thousand teacher posts across the country and the aspirants were now employed and carrying out the teaching process.

Efforts are also being made to repair school buildings which have been destroyed in the past conflict in Uruzgan, the minister said.

Students of Uruzgan schools and seminaries urged Mualvi Munir to solve the problems of lack of teachers, books and buildings.

Abdul Salam, a seminary student in Tirinkot, said about 1,500 students were studying in a small building that lacked drinking water and teaching materials.

A grade sixth student of Malalai High School, who refused to be identified, said their female teachers had been sacked due to non-renewal of their annual contract by the Department of Education.

He added female teachers had stopped coming to their school since last several days, affecting their studies. He urged the minister to solve the problem of the contract of female teachers.

But Uruzgan education director Maulvi Haq Numa had previously rejected problems in the contract of female teachers of Malalai High School.

Mualvi Munir talked about opposition to girls education in remote areas days after girls schools above sixth grade were opened in southeastern Paktia province following demand and insistence of people and school principals.

However, as the matter drew media attention, these schools were closed again yesterday, sparking protests by students and teachers.

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