29 schools upgraded in Samangan
AIBAK (PAN): Twenty-nine schools were upgraded to intermediate and high schools at the start of the new academic year in the northern province of Samangan, an official said on Tuesday.
Steps to upgrade the schools in six districts and the provincial capital, Aibak, had been taken in order to meet the demands of students, the planning department head, Abdul Wadood, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
About 18 middle schools had been upgraded to high schools and 11 primary schools to intermediate, while 10 new schools had been constructed, he said.
This year, the number of schoolchildren increased from 90,000 to more than 100,000 in 268 schools, he said.
"Last year, when I finished ninth grade, I could not go to high school because there was not one in my area, but this year, I will have the facility," Ghulam Farooq, a resident of Shalkatvi village on the outskirts of the provincial capital, said.
About 450 children had attended classes at his school and 25 had graduated from ninth grade. Those whose families were in good economic standing could afford to send their children to other schools, Farooq said.
Meanwhile, Fatima, a ninth grade student at Dilkhaki middle school for girls, was also pleased her school had been upgraded to a high school. "If our school was not upgraded, I might be deprived of education," she said.
Mohammad Hassan Ziayee, a provincial council member, said there were still education problems for people in the area.
In the past, officials said 35,000 schoolchildren were deprived of education due to various problems. More than eight million schoolchildren will be taught by 190,000 teachers at more than 14,000 schools this academic year, which started on March 21.
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