312 school without buildings in Kunar
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): More than 312 schools have no buildings and a shortage of teachers remains one of the major problems facing the education sector in eastern Kunar province, officials said on Sunday.
Abdul Qahar Akhunzada, deputy education director, told Pajhwok Afghan News there were a total of 512 schools in the province and all were functional.
More than 181,000 students, including 70196 girls, studied in these schools, he said, but complained the shortage of female teachers remained a challenge.
He linked the fewer number of girl students in Kunar to the lack of female teachers. Only 225 female teachers taught in Kunar, he said.
Akhunzada said around 312 schools were without buildings and many others were operating in rented buildings and tents. He said only 166 schools had proper buildings in Kunar, where construction on buildings for 34 schools was underway.
The deputy education director said though 75 percent of schools were located in mountainous and insecure areas, yet a single security incident had not happened there.
The erducation department needed 700 more teachers, Akhunzada said.
On religious seminaries, Akhunzada said, 10810 students including 792 girls were studying in 38 seminaries in Kunar.
He said the number of religious students going to Pakistan for studies had decreased with the establishment of madaris in Kunar.
Akhunzada said a high standard seminary had also been made functional in Kunar, enrolling 1470 students, including 252 girls. The Darul Uloom has 9 branches throughout the province.
Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, the education ministry’s spokesman, assured construction of school buildings would be initiated next academic year in Kunar.
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