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Emergency classes set up for returnee students

Emergency classes set up for returnee students

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Jun 20, 2017 - 20:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Swedish Committee for Afghanistaninfo-icon has established 98 classes for children of families returning from Pakistaninfo-icon to eastern Nangarhar province.

The classes have been set up in Rodat, Behsud, Surkhrod and Kama districts where a total of 3288 students including 1615 girls are studying.

The SCA has hired 98 teachers including 18 female teachers for the students studying in grade one till five.

Muslima, first grade student, studying in a classroom established in Shaheed Abdul Jabbar primary school in Malak Bela of Behsud district, is among others, whose families returned from neighboring Pakistan after decades, living there as refugees.

“I was a student of grade one in a school run by Pakistan. When my family was returning back to Afghanistan, I was very sad and missing my school and studies. I have brought my books too.”

“I never know if I will be enrolled in a school here in Afghanistan, but one day my father enrolled me here to study and get familiar with the educationinfo-icon curriculum,” says Muslima while sitting in the classroom next to her sister Nawbahar.

As many as 39 girl students are studying in the class. “We are four sisters. We (two) are in grade one, while two others are minor. I want to be a doctor and serve my community,” says Muslima.

Dr. Niaz U Rahman, senior officer of SCA Education Programme in eastern region, says, “SCA has initiated the emergency education classes project for the students of returnees and internal displaced families.”

The students upon completion of six months’ studies would be enrolled in government-run schools,” he said, adding areas for classrooms were selected based on the figures of high returnees.

According to him, Behsud district has 1156 students including 490 girls, Surkhrod has 546 students including 317 girls, Kamma has 994 students including 459 girls’ students, while in Rodat 592 students including 349 girls are enrolled.

“33 classes are only for girls, while 29 are mix where minor boys and girls both study, and 36 are boys only classes. SCA is in process of printing and supply of books and stationaries to the students. Majority of students are enrolled in grade one, two and three. Radio Aid has funded the project, while SCA is implementing it,” Dr. Niaz added.

Abdul Wahab Haleem is head teacher of Shaheed Abdul Jabbar primary school. He says: “we have six classes where 200 students including 107 girls are taught by six teachers including two female teachers. All these students are returnees.”

Abida, another student in Deh Tahir Kamma, says that they were living in Utmanzi area in Pakistan.  She said “Here books, method of teaching and pronunciation is different from what we were studying in Pakistan, but we are getting familiar to it”. 

Hadia Allah Nazar, a teacher of Muslima, who is herself graduated from University of Peshawar, and has returned along with her family two years before says,“the curriculum here in Afghanistan is totally different from Pakistan.”

He added education in Pakistan was mostly in Urdu, national language, and in English but here in Afghanistan, it was in Pashtoinfo-icon or Dari.

Dr. Niaz informed that students in emergency classes were taught the Afghan syllabus to make them get familiar to it.

“This project is designed for six months and upon completion, students will have to appear in entry test, which will be conducted by the department of education and according to their qualification, they will be enrolled in government schools.”

He said students coming from Pakistan or other countries have to appear in examination and based on their qualification and familiarity to Afghan curriculum will be given admission.

Dr. Niaz says, if a student fails in entry test, they will be not admitted in schools in same grades, they have studied in Pakistan.

Returnees classes will benefit students of grade two and higher, otherwise their studies will be wasted as they will be needed to sit in lower grades.   

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