130 schools in Laghman without buildings
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): As many as 130 schools in eastern Laghman province are without proper buildings, but boundary walls for 28 of them will be constructed this year, an official said on Wednesday.
Lack of electricity, a shortage of professional teachers and poor teaching standards are among other challenges facing the education sector in the province, according to the authorities.
Education Director Mohammad Hazrat Mujaddedi told Pajhwok Afghan News there were 298 schools, with 130 of them having their own buildings. Another 230 schools do not have boundary walls.
“In our development plans for 2014 and the current year, we have approved the creation of 23 new schools, but work could not be initiated on these projects due to non-availability of funds. But in line with this year’s plan, we are going to complete boundary walls for 29 schools.”
Several teachers in the province needed to attend professional courses and workshops to raise their competence level, the director said, believing such training programmes would have a positive impact on the sector.
The official added Laghman’s new governor was paying more attention to improving the standards of education. However, he would not elaborate on what measures were being taken to boost the vital sector.
A student of the Rokhan High School in Mehtarlam, Shakirullah, told Pajhwok his counterparts in different schools across the province were faced with numerous problems. “Frequent winds and snowfalls trouble the students of those schools which don’t have buildings.”
Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, said the incumbent provincial chief executive was paying special attention the promotion of education and implementation of public welfare projects.
Proposals had been shared with the central government, different ministries and donor agencies in this regard, the spokesman added. “This year, the governor allotted 248 schoolteachers. Other deserving teachers will also be allotted land plots.”
At meetings, Zwak said, provincial leaders urged tribal elders to cooperate with the government efforts in advancing the cause of education and encouraging parents to send their children to school.
In a recent interview with Pajhwok, Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi said he had directed all departments including education to review their plans and share their problems with his office.
About 192,328 students, including 79,747 girls, are enrolled in the 298 schools across the province. All schools, including those without buildings, remained functional, Zwak concluded.
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