40 schools, seminaries remain closed in Ghazni
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Insecurity has led to the closure of 40 schools and seminaries in southern Ghazni province, depriving thousands of children of an education, an official said on Wednesday.
Provincial education director Mohammad Abid Abid told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview that 40 schools and religious seminaries had been closed in different parts of the province, depriving some 7,000 children of education.
According to him, most of the closed schools are located in Nawa, Ajristan, Khogyani and Zankhan districts.
“Due to fighting, schools in a number of other areas of Ghazni were closed for several days but have reopened now. The currently locked up schools are located in areas under Taliban’s control.”
He said efforts were being made with support from local people at reopening closed schools and seminaries for students.
A resident of Nawa district, Syed Salam, said all schools in the district had been closed. Nawa is under Taliban control over the past few years.
“People who are economically sound send their children to Ghazni city for education but hundreds of poor children are deprived of education.”
Meanwhile, a resident of Godalo locality of Zankhan district, Sharifullah, said schools in the district were closed only in those areas where insurgents ruled. “When fighting erupts schools in entire Zankhan get closed.” Sharifullah criticized people for not cooperation with the government in reopening of schools.
Naeemullah, a student from Giro district, who goes to Shams-ul-Arifeen School in Ghazni city, said: “There is war in our village, all schools there have been closed and we have come to Ghazni City and I and my brother have rented a room and continue our studies here.”
However, Taliban’s spokesman Zabihulllah Mujahid said the insurgents were in favour of reopening the schools.
“The government should negotiate and sit with us through tribal elders, so jointly a good solution could be found to the problem.”
Mujahid claimed schools in Nawa district had been closed because they lacked facilities. Though religious seminaries are open but they lacked facilities as well, he added.
There are 600 schools in Ghazni province where 500,000 students are enrolled.
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