KHOST (SW) – The local elders in Khost have revived the classic tradition of imposing monetary fine on families not allowing their children to go to schools.
The elders of Dwamanda district in Khost have agreed on an agreement that would see a monetary fine of AFN 100,000 in the case of not allowing the youth to seek education. The copy of this agreement obtained by Salam Watandar has initials of the tribal elders as well as the seals of the local civil societies, Samoon (reforms) Youth Society and Kotkhail Village Council on it.
Haji Sabir Khan, President of the Kotkhail Village Council, told SW outdated norms and cultural impediments have deprived the youth here of education compelling the leaders to take the harsh step of penalizing those not in favor of educating the youngsters. He added education is the only way to put an end to the miseries faced by the people and the country, and the best way to promote education is firstly through encouragement and if that does not work, such a stern moves should be taken.
These pro-education elders said they also wished to incorporate the condition of girls’ education in this agreement, but due to fear of a backlash that could have also caused troubles for the boys, they settled for just pushing for the boys’ education only for now.
Members of the local Samoon (reforms) Youth Society is happy with the development, which in their views would eventually pave way for the girls’ education rights as well.
Head of the directorate of education, Naseer Ahmad Roshan, said in this connection that improved public awareness has played key role in encouraging the masses in Khost to allow and support the youth in seeking knowledge. He vowed to take this drive to the next level with the end of winter in a couple of months across the province. Roshan expressed optimism a significant surge in enrolment of boys as well as girls would be witnessed upon the commencement of new academic year.