Most schools in Takhar’s Darqad district sans buildings
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Most schools in Darqad district of northern Takhar province are without buildings and approximately 8,000 children in these schools attend classes under the open skies.
Darqad is Afghanistan’s only district surrounded by water from four sides and its residents travel to Taluqan, the provincial capital, and other parts using boats to cross the water swath.
Sher Dil Pasoon, a civil society activist, told Pajhwok Afghan News no building for a school could be constructed in Darqad over the past 14 years.
He said there was no comparison between Darqad and other districts because there was no building or any other facilities for schools in the district.
He lamented thousands of students carried on their study in the open, asking government officials and charity organizations to pay attention to the issue.
He said a large number of students had left school and there was the possibility of more students to do so if the infrastructure issue was not resolved.
Nizamuddin, a 5th class student at Kaghani primary school, said their school had no building and students attended classes under trees.
“The distance between our school and home is so long, there is no discipline in our school and students cannot be controlled in an open space.” He said their schools remained shut when it was raining.
Rahimullah Qasemi, the education officer for Darqad district, acknowledged most schools in the town were without buildings.
Of the total 18 schools in the district, 13 are without buildings and some 8,000 students in these schools attended lessons in the open, he said.
“Some schools that have buildings lack other facilities such as chairs, blackboards and bathrooms,” said the education in-charge of the restive Darqad district.
“We have approached government and private organizations to help us promote education, but due to the district’s geographical location and growing insecurity, no one is ready to make investment in the sector,” he said.
There are a total of 683 schools, seminaries and professional institutes in Takhar and of them only 35 percent have buildings.
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