Ghazni education sector in grip of serious problems
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Severe shortage of qualified teachers, lack of curriculum books and absence of proper buildings for a number of schools in southern Ghazni province are main hurdles hampering progress of education in the province, residents say on Friday.
Haji Tahir Khan, an elder from Zankhan district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a number of schools facing dearth of qualified and professional teachers.
“Most of the schools in my district have lack of teachers. The teachers don’t discharge their duties in far-flung educational institutions because the education department deploys them in schools in Ghazni City, the provincial capital,” he complained.
In addition, some of the schools in his district were not functioning because Taliban had threatened locals not to send their kids to schools, he added.
Khalil Hotak, another tribal elder from Rashidan district, said that education sector in his district faced lack of qualified teachers and books.
“We have no teachers here but if there are some then they have no required qualification. The teachers themselves have only 6th class education,” he informed. The passage between his district and the provincial capital had been made insecure in a bid so that the district’s schools should not get curriculum books.
Teachers are not willing to be transferred to the district on meager salaries because of growing insecurity here, he said, recalling that not even a single building could be built for school during the last 15 years.
“Taliban announce from mosques’ loudspeakers not to send kids to schools. Taliban threaten if someone sends his children to any educational institution then action will be taken against that person,” he added.
Abdullah Khan, a resident of Gero district, said most of the schools were functioning but facing shortage of professional teachers. He warned that schools would be closed if steps were not taken to depute qualified teachers and build proper buildings for schools.
Mohammad Umar Ayan, another resident of Gilan district, said that the education directorate had appointed teachers of the district’s schools in educational institutions in the capital city.
But Mohammad Abid Abid, director education, pledged that every district schools would get required number of teachers in the coming year. “All district schools will get teachers,” he reiterated.
However, he made it clear that teachers were not ready to discharge their duties in remote schools because of deteriorated security situation. In addition to that, he said that almost 300 schools were immediately in need of buildings.
The Ministry of Education, he said did not release the development fund for the current year. Nearly 55 percent of schools in Ghazni had no buildings, he said, adding that most educational institutions did not get curriculum books.
Ghazni has around 600 schools where 8,000 teachers teach to 500,000 students, he concluded.
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