KABUL (SW) – A number of female graduates from public schools in Kabul say that it has been two or three years since they graduated, but they still have not been able to get their certificates.
They added that it is the right of every student to obtain a certificate, and they have paid the cost of it to the head teachers of the respective schools, but they still haven’t been able to get their certificates.
Mozhgan, a resident of Kabul who graduated two years ago from one of the public schools in the sixth district of Kabul city, told Salam Watandar: “It’s been two years since I graduated. They took the money for the certificate from us, but we have not received it so far.”
Madina, another student who graduated from one of the public schools in the fifth district of Kabul city, said: “We graduated from school in the year 1400 (2021). When we go to school to get certificates, the head teacher says to wait for another year or two because the certificates for the year 2018 have not yet arrived.”
Many school graduates who have handed over the cost of obtaining their diplomas to the head teachers of their schools say that they have to apply to the Department of Education in Kabul to get their diplomas.
Meanwhile, officials of a number of schools in different districts of Kabul city say that they have submitted the cost of distributing certificates from the year 1397 to 1400 (2018 – 2021) to the Department of Education in Kabul, but the certificates of school graduates have not been processed yet.
Sosan Masoudi, head teacher in one of the government schools in the 17th district of Kabul city, said: “We got the certificates of 1397 (2018). When we approached and asked why the certificates were not printed, they told us that there was no paper. [Certificates] for 2018 are still waiting and the Department of Education makes excuses that the printing machines are broken or there is no paper.”
Monisa Ahadi, the head teacher of another public school in Kabul, complained about the functioning of the city’s education department, saying: “The graduates of the year 1401 (2022) were charged twice as much money. Schools and students were promised that their certificates will be distributed to them through the school as soon as possible, but that has not happened”.
A source in the Department of Education in Kabul says that so far, 200,000 certificates, which include graduates from the previous government, are still pending. This source, who did not want to reveal his identity, told Salam Watandar: “We organized a night section and unfortunately there are 200,000 testimonials left from the previous courses, no matter how hard we try, they will be added to them in the next courses that are completed. For now, we are finishing the work of the 1398 (2019) certificates.”
This is despite the fact that years ago, school graduates could obtain their certificates in a short period of time through the respective schools or individually after completing their education.