130 Laghman schools operate under open sky
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): As many as 130 schools have no proper buildings in eastern Laghman province, where a total of 300 schools are operational, an official said on Sunday.
Provincial Education Director Hazrat Mujeddedi told Pajhwok Afghan News 22 schools had boundary walls and 230 had no boundary walls in the province.
More than 198,000 children, including 84,000 girls, were enrolled in these schools taught by 4,447 teachers, the education director said.
He said students attended their classes under open sky and beneath trees in schools which lacked buildings.
Mujeddedi said high ranking education officials had promised to resolve education related problems in Laghman, but the promises were yet to be materialized.
Another problem, he said, was a shortage of professional teachers. However, he hoped the shortage problem would be resolved with graduation of students from Darul Uloom and teacher training institutes.
About allotting land plots to homeless teachers, the official said a land had been identified and other process completed to initiate a residential scheme for teachers.
In this regard, he said, they were awaiting orders from the central government to start the distribution of land plots to teachers.
A teacher at Shaheed Dr. Abdullah High School, Qari Abdul Mahmood, urged the president to fulfill his promise with teachers on land plots.
He said large swaths of land were available in various parts of the province where the government could allot plots to teachers.
Provincial council secretary Mohammad Zahir Hussainkhel said all schools in the province were operational and no school had been closed due to insecurity.
However, he complained textbooks never reached Laghman in-time and some books were beyond children’s understanding level.
Education Ministry’s spokesman Kabir Haqmal said the ministry was committed to constructing buildings for schools across the country.
But he said the ministry could not embark on constructing buildings simultaneously in all provinces and the task would be performed in phases.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.