Afghan Private Schools Seen As Sign Of Hope, Optimism

Maftah is the first private school in Afghanistan's northern Parwan Province. But its history is brief, having opened its doors only two months ago.

Enrollment fees, at $15 per month, are beyond the reach of most Afghans, but the presence of 300 children at the school shows that a number of families have decided it is worth the price.

The school claims it can offer better teaching facilities, and more qualified teachers than public schools.

And Samiullah, a 10-year-old student who attended a public school before enrolling in Maftah, says he notices the difference.

"Our teachers work hard with us. They are very strict," he says. "In public school, teachers don't try hard. My parents put me in private school so I could learn more."

Since the authorities opened the way for private investment into Afghanistan's education system nearly two years ago, more than 300 private schools have opened from Kabul to remote provinces.

Success Story

And not all parents who have enrolled their children at Maftah are wealthy.

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adio Free Afghanistan correspondent in Parwan Province Ahmad Hanaesh contributed to this report

Afghan Private Schools Seen As Sign Of Hope, Optimism

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