5 Maiwand schools reopen after 8 years
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajwhok): After remaining shut for eight years due to security concerns, five schools were reopened on Tuesday in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, an official said.
Of 17 schools in Maiwand, nine schools are open and the remaining eight have been closed for security reasons, said Hajji Abdullah, the deputy provincial education director.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News five of the eight closed schools had been reopened.
He named the newly reopened schools as Qinaat, Malikhel, Mullah Ibrahim Neekah and Syed Mohammad Agha primary schools and Malalai Maiwandi middle school.
The remaining three closed schools would be also reopened with the help of local people and elders, he said.
The official said nearly 1,050 students were studying in the five schools and that the education department was trying to resolve the problem of lack of textbooks and other materials in schools.
The district administrative chief, Hajji Obaidullah, said only reopening of schools was not enough.
He said the education department should address all issues from shortage of professional teachers and books to study materials and other equipment.
He asked local people to help the education department work for the improvement of schools.
Over the past eight years, the children were deprived of education by the enemies of the country who disrupted the security of the area, a resident, Hajji Osman, said.
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