All schools reopen in Dand district
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): All previously closed schools in the Dand district of southern Kandahar province have been reopened, administrative head of the town on Thursday.
More than half of the district's 30 schools and a religious seminary remained closed for several months due to insecurity, Ahmadullah Nazuk, told reporters.
Schools burnt by the Taliban were among those reopened as a result of mounting public pressure, he said. However, he said no repair work on burnt schools had been carried out.
The number of students in the town is expected to reach 12,000 next Afghan year, said the district chief, who pledged construction of structures for three of the reopened schools having no proper buildings.
He said teachers who fled the area due to insecurity had returned. Efforts were in place to increase security for schools, the official said, adding 150 men from the district had joined national police, taking the police strength to 350.
Dand, which is 10 kilometres south of Kandahar city, is one of relatively peaceful districts of the province.
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