Pakistan Opens State-run School to Offer Free Education to Transgender Students
Pakistan opened its first government-run school for transgender students on Thursday in the central city of Multan, a provincial education minister said, promising to set up more similar schools in the future.
The school, established by the educational department in Punjab province, where Multan is located, opened its performors on the first day of school with 18 students enrolled.
We have provided them everything that is required for their schooling, tweeted Murad Rass, Punjab’s education minister. He added hopes that the school will help transgender youth get better employment chances later on in life.
More trans students were still expected to enroll in time at the school in Multan, where classes are offered from grades 1-12. Human rights activists welcomed the school’s opening.
Trans people are considered outcasts by many, especially in conservative areas of Pakistan. They are often sexually abused, assaulted and even murdered. They hesitate to get enrolled in regular schools to avoid discrimination.