Checkpoints near schools a thing of past: Education director
MAHMOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Education officials in central Kapisa province say they do not allow security forces to build checkpoints near schools to ensure a tension-free environment for students and teachers.
Education Director Mohammad Nasim Safi told Pajhwok Afghan News some districts of Kapisa were unstable where Afghan forces were building security posts near schools.
He added security posts near or inside schools caused casualties to students and teachers whenever a clash took place between Afghan forces and militants.However, Safi said Afghan forces were no longer allowed to construct security posts near schools in unstable areas.
“Security forces often set up security posts close to schools in Tagab district that caused casualties to teachers and students and damaged school buildings,” the director pointed out.
Principles of schools had shared the issue with the education department, which took it up with the central government.Officials of the ministries of interior and defense have promised security forces would no longer build posts near schools.
Many schools that were closed as result of insecurity had been reopened by the education department, Safi claimed.
“We have 274 education centres, including general education, religious studies, primary and secondary education, in Kapisa. Some 170,000 students are enrolled there,” he revealed.
Jan Agha, a schoolteacher from Tagab district, agreed the teaching-learning process was faced with problems in unstable areas.“Students cannot continue their studies during operations or clashes, because they do not feel safe.”
He said a school that was built for girls in Korghal area of Tagab where security forces deployed a post has damaged as result of clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban.Schools in other insecure area are faced with similar problems, Agha added.
A tribal elder, Haji Noorullah, said education would not improve in insecure areas.“Two years ago, the evaluation manager of the education department was injured in an Afghan forces ambush.”
Kherullah, a resident of the Afghania area of Nijrab district, said students were injured at times in clashes while leaving or coming to school.
Sayed Agha, an inhabitant of Hesa Awal Kohistan district, alleged the enemies of education were trying to create hurdles to stability.
“Some militants are out to create problems for students and teachers in areas where the security situation is better,” he added.
He recalled four people including women were killed in a bomb blast in front of the teachers’ training center in Hesa Doum Khoistan district about two months ago.
Provincial council head Hussain Sanjani claimed much progress had been made in the education area in Kapisa but the poor security situation had created problems in some areas.
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