Students skip classes in schools sans buildings
NEILI (Pajhwok): A number of students prefer to stay away from schools because most of the schools’ buildings in central Daikundi province have no proper buildings.
Out of a total 370 schools, 60 percent have no buildings and the students have to sit under the open sky, officials of the education department said.
A total of 166,000 students with 44 percent of them girls were being imparted education but 15,000 of the students have no proper school buildings.
Firozah, a student of 9th class, said: “The principal of the school is a talented and competent person, but our school has no building where students could study properly.
She said students were taught under open sky and therefore four students have left school.
Around 620 students were being imparted education by 16 teachers at the Kanda Neik Girls’ School in Neili, the provincial capital.
But Provincial Council Member Hadi Rahimzada said there was acute shortage of teachers in majority of Daikundi schools and that was why one teacher had to discharge duties of two persons.
He said a total of 3,200 teachers had been discharging duties out of which the contracts of 1,500 non-permanent teachers had been revoked and the province was facing now shortage of teachers.
He expressed concern over small number of girls in schools and said poverty, mountainous terrain and negligence of officials concerned to promote education were main causes of problems.
In addition, majority of the students have not distributed with curriculum books.
Ali Raza, a student of 8th class at the Sang Mom Boys High School said: “Since my childhood, I have been studying under open sky and our school was still without building.”
He said the school did not have other facilities such as chairs, books, labs, black board, chalk and duster.
But Ali Wasiq, head of education department, said due to lack of funds Daikundi education department was faced with numerous problems.
He said the education department might not be able to resolve the existing problems, adding that central government should pay attention to improve education in Daikundi.
He said construction work of some schools was started by the foreign forces stationed in the province, but after their withdrawal, the direction of these contracts was unknown and as a result the construction work could not be completed.
Rehana Azad, a Wolesi Jirga member from Daikundi province, said girls attendance in schools was satisfactory till 9th class, but above the 9th its was on the decline.
Rehana, who is former member of provincial council, said that discrimination, lack of teachers, and shattered interest of the girls with education were the main causes of girls small presence in schools
Haji Zaman, a local elder, said majority of the Kati district schools were without building and the student being imparted education under open sky.
Officials of the Ministry of Education said that new schools were being approved to provinces on the bases of population and the ministry would built buildings for schools with the passage of time.
They said Daikundi was not connected with main highways and it is a remote province, therefore implementation of mega projects is difficult to take place.
Earlier, the United Nations Children's Education Fund (UNICEF) provided $68.5 million for the development of education and construction of school buildings in Daikundi and Bamyan.
The education ministry had constructed 2,270 schools with the fund in the province.
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