Afghan girls make up only 35% of students in Afghanistan, and despite an overall increase in students, the percentage of girls enrolled is not increasing. Aid agencies like CARE International last week attributed the gender disparity in Afghan schools to a lack of female teachers, the number of Afghan girls forced into early marriages and work, and attacks on schools by militant extremists, reports AFP.
Afghan girls were forbidden to attend school during the Taliban regime . Even now, a third of Afghan schools serve boys only. Only 28% of teachers in Afghanistan are female, making schools accessible to few Afghan girls.
"Great achievements have been made in the education sector in Afghanistan. However, more must be done to ensure that girls are not excluded from education," CARE International said in a statement, reports Reuters.
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