Education officials in Afghanistan’s Herat province say the school teachers’ council’s decision to cancel annual exams and promote students to the next scheduled grade was due to the reluctance of female students to go to school, Afghanistan’s ToloNews reported.
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“Seventh graders will be promoted directly to eighth grade. 12th graders will graduate from school. And so there has been some chaos in the school,” council head Mohammad Sabir Mashal was quoted as saying by Tolnews, quoting council head Mohammad Sabir Mashal. The government last week allowed 7th to 12th grade students in Herat province to attend school. In 26 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, girls from 8th to 12th grade are not allowed to study.
Some students have asked education officials to include annual exams, noting that the withdrawal would disrupt their studies, ToloNews reported.
“Twelfth graders have time to enter university and they should be fully prepared for admission. When the private sector is closed and they don’t even take our exams, it really affects our future,” said a ToloNews student.
After the Taliban took control of the country in mid-August, thousands of female students were locked up in their homes and closed by schools following criticism from the international community. The Islamic Emirate, which has banned girls’ schools for grades 7 to 12 in many provinces, has previously claimed that it is working to provide a safe environment for female students in Afghanistan.
Emphasizing the importance of exams, one teacher said, “Without education, students have no hope for the coming year. The inspiration that students have received recently will be lost again,” ToloNews reported.
After months of discussions between the Herat council, girls ‘school officials and local Taliban officials about girls’ education, they were allowed to go to school.
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