300 Kunar schools without buildings, says official
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Education officials say hundreds of schools in eastern Kunar province are without buildings and professional teachers, taking a toll on the learning process.
Deputy Director of Education Abdul Qahar Akhundzada, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said a total 512 schools were functional across the province.
Only 116 of the schools have their own buildings, according to the official, who said construction work on 34 schools building was underway.
At the remaining 300 schools, which are without buildings, students have to study in rentedstructures, under tents or in the open.
He identified the shortage of female teachers as another issue that hampered girls’ education. A total 225 female teachers are presently discharging their duties at different schools.
Akhundzada said 75 percent of schools were situated in mountainous areas. Fortunately, no school in the province has been closed because of insecurity.
Only one school was torched in Dangam district last year due to differences among area residents. Currently all schools are open, said the deputy education director.
He added the department was struggling with a shortage of male teachers.At present, 700 teachers were needed to overcome the shortage.
In addition to schools, Akhundzada explained, 38 seminaries were also functioning in the province. He said 1,815 students received religious education there.
Mohammad Khalil, a resident of the locality, noted the international community had provided Afghanistan with billions of dollars in aid over the past 15 years.
However, he deplored, most schools in the mountainous province had no buildings. He alleged corruption still existed as ghost staff salaries and funds for schools continued to end up in pockets of certain individuals.
The resident lamented that many youth, who have graduated from universities, were unemployed at a time when 700 posts in the education department were lying vacant.
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