Paktika schools, seminaries to get new buildings
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The education department of southeastern Paktika province on Monday announced 11 madaris and 12 schools would get new buildings, while 43 other schools would be rehabilitated in the ongoing year.
Education Director Kochai Zazai said funds for the rehabilitation and construction of schools would be provided by the ministry concerned and UNICEF.
In addition, the department plans to build 54 local education centres, 10 kindergartens and playgrounds at different schools with the financial assistance of World Bank (WB).
Zazai noted lack of professional teachers, long distance between schools and residential areas and security concerns as major issues faced during the last academic year.
According to information from his department, currently 155,000 students, including 26,000 girls, are enrolled in 353 schools across the province.
Speaking on the occasion, a UNICEF representative pledged to extend all-out support for promoting education in Paktika.
Tribal Elder Badshah acknowledged education standards had improved, as people had started understanding its value. But he complained of the late delivery of books to schools.
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