Schools closed due to personal disputes: Uruzgan governor
TIRINKOT (PAN): Some schools in the central province of Uruzgan remain closed due to disputes between rival tribes, the governor said on Wednesday.
Several schools in Khas Uruzgan district were torched last year, but it was not Taliban militants who had burned them down, Mohammad Omar Sherzad told a gathering in the district.
"The schools were closed due the personal disputes of rival tribes. The people here are the enemies of themselves," he said.
The governor traveled to the district to urge the villagers to allow the schools to reopen before the start of the new educational year.
He also sent tribal elders of the areas in control of the Taliban and asked them not to deprive children from getting an education. "Taliban said that they are not against the schools," he said.
There are 55 schools in the district and some had been closed due to insecurity, the district education department head, Abdul Hadi, said.
The new educational year is about to start but primary schools have no books and many schools have no buildings, he said.
A few years ago, foreign troops constructed a school building, but it was occupied by the district chief and district police chief, he said.
Najibullah, a district resident, said they protect the schools at night. But none of them had any equipment.
"Neither carpets nor teaching materials are available in the school," he said.
According to education department of Uruzgan, there are 260 schools in the province and 60 of them are closed while another 54 are in danger of closing.
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