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    Private school sealed in Nangarhar

    JALALABAD (PAN): One private school was sealed and two others were fined on Tuesday in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, in compliance with orders from the education ministry.

    The Gandhara High School was sealed and two others were fined 110,000 afs ($2,235), a spokesman of the education department, Muhammad Asif Shinwari, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    A delegation visited private schools and took the action over irregularities, including violation of the government-approved syllabus, non-registeration, appointment of foreigners and overcrowded classrooms, he added.

    The spokesman said the Gandhara School was sealed for defying warnings against enrolling more than 450 students, while Wahdat and Kabul International Schools were fined and several others warned. 

    Meanwhile, the foundation stone of a school was laid in the Kathili area of Ghanikhel district. Funded by the Provincial Reconstruction Team, the $124,000 project would be completed in six months, Shinwari said.

    The Gandhara High School had already warned several times by the department, said Burhanuddin Sirat, the head of private schools union in eastern provinces.

    He admitted the schools sealed and fined had problems and blamed the department for failing to arrange training workshops for private school teachers.