(MENAFN - Tribal News Network) BARA: As many as 1,600 students from Khyber tribal district, who have passed matriculation examination this year, remained deprived of admissions in government colleges.
Local sources said 1,932 students have passed matriculation examination in Bara sub-division this year and only 260 of them have got admission in the Government College Kohe Sher Haider. The remaining 1,600 students are deprived of admissions. Even in colleges of Peshawar, the students of tribal districts are facing difficulties in getting admissions as these colleges prefer local students.
The students who could not get admissions along with the local people and tribal elders have set up a protest camp outside Bara Press Club. Participants of the protest camp said they tried every option to resolve problems at Kohe Sher Haider College but in vain. They said they have set up protest camp as last resort as no one is listening to them.
The protesting students demanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to immediately upgrade the government high schools Shalobar, Melwat, Alamgoodar and Jaffar Killi to higher secondary level to accommodate the matric passed students. They also demanded initiation of second shift classes in Kohe Sher Haider College to accommodate more students.
Participants of the protest camp warned that they will expand their protests if their demands were not accepted. They said majority of the matric passed students belong to humble backgrounds and they cannot afford to take admission in private collages. They said they cannot pay hefty fee of private colleges and many of them will have to quit education due to financial problems or continue education as private candidates. They said it is unjust that all the students of tribal districts cannot get admission in government colleges due to very limited seats. The protesters said tribal districts have seen very difficult times and the youth despite all odds managed to get education and want to get higher education, but all their efforts will go in vain if they could not get admission in government colleges. They urged the government to save the future of talented students by giving them admission in government colleges and provide them scholarships.
Khyber Union and Khyber Students union office-holders including Zahidullah, Haris Khan, Gul Nazir, Baseer Afridi and Arif Afridi also attended the protest camp.