112 Bamyan schools without buildings
BAMYAN (Pajhwok): Of 338 schools in central Bamyan province, as many as 112 of them are without proper buildings, education officials said.
Education Director Mohammad Reza Ada told Pajhwok Afghan News 145,000 boys and girls are enrolled in various schools of the province, with 70,000 of them are forced to get education under tents, trees or mosques because of lack of buildings.
“We plan to build 34 buildings for schools this year. But because of budget constraints we don’t know whether these buildings will be constructed well before the time,” Ada added.
Fatima, a 9th class student in Wars district, said every day she travel for over three hours to school and the tragedy is that the school has no building. She added the school had the capacity of 500 students, but over 2,500 girls were enrolled in the facility. “Sometimes, we study in open space under scorching sun.”
Mohammad Hassan Asadi, provincial council member, said majority of schools that had no buildings were situated in the vicinity of towns and districts, but the situation in the centre of districts were better.
He added lack of buildings was a reason behind low literacy rate. Studying in open also contributed to bad health condition of the students and children, he added.
Asadi criticized the government for not paying enough heed to the vital sector in the province.
He said lack of building was not the only problem, but lack of stationary, furniture and laboratories had added to the students’ miseries.
Education director, Ada, said out of 145,000 students in the province, 69,000 of them were girls.
More than 17,000 students, he said, had enrolled this year with 50% of them girls.
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