Takhar schoolchildren attend classes but without books
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Schoolteachers and principals in northern Takhar province on Wednesday complained about not receiving in-time textbooks and other study materials from the ministry concerned.
The principal of Abu Osman High School in Taloqan, Anayatullah Jalili, told Pajhwok Afghan News they faced several challenges due to a lack of textbooks and other study materials in their school.
“Our main problem is the lack of textbooks. If there is no book, there are no lessons and no lessons means no education. I ask the Ministry of Education to urgently send us textbooks,” he stressed.
They have several times requested books and other study materials during the past three years, but to no avail, another principal of Syed Abdul Rahman high school in Taloqan, Habib Rahman, said.
“We don’t get textbooks in-time, we often get them after mid-term exams, but they too insufficient,” he said.
Meanwhile, a student of ninth grade in Mullah Abdul Wadood Shaheed high school, Mohammad Asif, said they studied without having all books which were not available in the market.
Deputy education director Hisamuddin Nazari said they were trying to resolve these issues and to increase the quality of education in the province.
“We need 1500 more teachers, but the education ministry is yet to approve budget for that,” he said, adding earlier they would hire teachers against contract to fill vacancies.
“More than 1,100 classes have no teacher which is a big problem for us. In the previous years, we would hire contracted teachers, but this year, the ministry has so far not permitted us to hire contract-based teachers,” he said.
They have informed the minister regarding the lack of textbooks, study materials and teachers, Nazari said and hoped the problems would be resolved soon.
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