QALA-i-NAW (PAN): Education process is moving ahead with tandem but the main problem hampering progress of the vital sector is lack of competent and professional teaching staff.
Zia-ul-Haq Waseeq, provincial education department head told Pajhwok Afghan News the province had a total of 435 schools with none of them was closed. Outlining details of education activities in the area under his jurisdiction, Waseeq said there were 15 Madrassas including a seminary in the province along with vocational schools in provincial capital, Balamurghab and Qadis districts.  
The seminary had official branches in Balamurghab and Abkamri districts but due those would yet be opened because of absence of professional teachers.
Going into greater details, he said 85,000 boys and 38,000 girls students were enrolled in various schools who were being imparted education by 540 teachers in teachers’ training centers and 380 in vocational training centers.
Progress and challenges:
The provincial education director said the sector was moving ahead with achieving a number of progresses in the province with all the schools had been opened and large number of girls were attending without any security threat.
“After seven years gap in Balamurghab and 11 years pause in Jwand districts, text books have now been delivered with the support of local elders and the Taliban,” he said, adding the only obstacle was lack of professional teachers.  
Maulvi Ismail, a religious scholar from Balamurghab district said getting education in native language was the right of every child, adding getting education and learning a language simultaneously left negative impact on children.
“Because of absence of text books in their native language, tens of boys are not going to schools and are deprived of education,” he added.
He said he conveyed his reservations to high-up repeatedly to provide them with Pashto text books but nothing could be done to settle the issue. “We do not making any mockery of other languages rather we demand to provide us with books in Pashtu language because it is our native language,” he remarked.
Teachers and students:
Mohammad Ibrahim, a student in Moqur district said level of education was going low amid absence of competent teachers and delivery of textbooks on time. “I am in fourth class, but still don’t know how to read and write. I don’t know Dari but all our books are in Dari, which caused wastage of my four year career,” he noted.  
Abul Basir, a teacher in the provincial capital said the sector was facing lack of professional teachers and there was residential problem for the teachers.
Abdul Qadir Rahimi, head of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission department said getting education in native language was the right of every child and it was the prime responsibility of the government to address the problem on priority basis.
“The government is violating human rights in Afghanistan by not providing students with textbooks in Pashtu. It is the long-standing issue of Badghis. We have conveyed people’s message to higher authorities and will continue until the problem is resolved,” he added.