Students suffer as 39 schools stay shut in Paktika
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Thirty-nine schools have been closed in southeastern Paktika province, depriving around 15,000 children of education, officials said on Sunday.
Momin, a resident of Dila Wa Khushamand district, told Pajhwok Afghan News all schools in his town had been shut to the detriment of thousands of students.
Some of the schools had been closed due to insecurity and others by mafia groups and negligence of the education department, he alleged.
“Schools in Dila Wa Khushamand have been closed for the past 14 years. Thousands of students have been going without an education,” he lamented.
Momin said the district had 34 schools, with some of them reopened in the beginning of the current academic year. But they were closed again for unknown reasons.
Ghulam Haidar, an inhabitant of Barmal district, said a number of schools in his area were shut. Some children from the area are attending Pakistani schools across the border.
However, the children’s attendance was affected after Pakistan forces built a gate and other facilities in Angor Adda area, restricting public movement, Haidar explained.
Few days earlier, a number of residents of Barmal district destroyed all facilities built by Pakistani forces in the area.
Abdul Samad, hailing from the Chamri area of Dali Wa Khushamand district, said: “All our children are deprived of education; they are no longer familiar with books and pens. They get curious, seeing scholastic materials with students in other areas.”
Most residents of the area were poor and could afford moving to other areas to help their children get education, he added. Residents asked officials concerned to reopen all closed schools promptly.
Acting Education Director Nasim Wajid confirmed 39 schools were closed, mostly in Dila Wa Khushamand and Barmal districts. A committee including tribal elders, Islamic scholars and youth has been set up to help reopen the schools.
Governor Elyas Wahdat pledged all-out efforts to reopen the schools in the near future. “Closing schools is like killing future generations,” he remarked, deploring the closure.
He said tribal elders in different districts of the province had promised cooperation in reopening the schools. There are 347 schools in Paktika, with 60 percent of them lacking buildings. Thirty-nine of them are shut.
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