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    5 months into session, students await books

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): A number of school students in southern Ghazni province on Saturday complained that they had taken their mid-term examinations, but textbooks were yet to be made available.

    Students from Andar district said schools had reopened in the areas where residents were up in the arms against the insurgents. However, the schools are without teachers, textbooks and other scholastic materials.

    Isa Jan, a 9th class student at Shahabuddin High School, told Pajhwok Afghan News the teaching-learning process had not begun earnestly, though schools remained open.

    “A 9th grader, I don’t know how many districts are there in my province,” Jan said, suggesting that students were not being taught in an appropriate manner.  

    Although the security situation had improved after a popular uprising against the Taliban in several parts of the district, the student said education department officials had not visited the schools there.

    Neither there was teacher nor teaching materials in their school, grumbled an 11th grade student at the Shahabuddin High School, Abdul Khaliq. “The situation is very bad. Students are being killed by Taliban and all roads are mined.”

    They had not yet seen the district education officer, much less the director of education, said the student, who claimed that some of his mates did not know who their principal was.

    Mohammad Wali -- a student at the Qala Jawz High School in Ghazni City -- said he had not been given textbooks by the administration. He said he did not have enough money to buy the books on his own.

    If delivered at the end of the session, the textbooks would in no way benefit students, who were reliant on taking notes from teachers, said a pupil of the Shaheed Mohammad Khan High School in Deh Yak district.

    “There are many poor students who can’t afford to buy books in the bazaar,” he said, explaining that their teachers had visited the district education office several times in an effort to resolve the issue. But there has been no result so far.

    Officials acknowledged the shortage of teachers and textbooks but said the issue was not that serious. Education department spokesman, Ghani Ghalib, described the lack of textbooks as a countrywide problem.

    “We are trying to recruit professional and qualified teachers,” the spokesman said, promising the shortage of teachers in Andar would be overcome next year.

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