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    Kabul schools operating in rented buildings

    KABUL (PAN): About a hundred schools in the capital Kabul are operating in hired buildings, with the Ministry of Education paying 16 million afghanis in rent annually, an official said on Wednesday.

    Rent rates depend on locations, the ministry spokesman, Amanullah Eman, told Pajhwok Afghan News. In the capital, there are 500 schools that cannot meet the requirements of Kabul citizens.

    Eman reckoned Kabul's population needed nearly 1,500 schools but the ministry had funds for the construction of about 100 only. The ministry lacked the money to purchase land for the schools, he added.

    But the finance ministry spokesman, Aziz Shams, said the highest budget was allocated for the education ministry, which could purchase land for schools with its development outlay.