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Efforts on to reopen schools in Kandahar’s Maroof

Efforts on to reopen schools in Kandahar’s Maroof

Dec 23, 2019 - 18:19

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of Maroof district of southern Kandahar province say the educationinfo-icon process in the district has been at a standstill for years due to insecurity and corruption.

People of the district ask the government to reopen schools which hbave been closed due to insecurity in the district.

They say the Talibaninfo-icon have promised with local elders that they would not create any problem to the education process in the district.

There are 30 schools in Maroof district but salaries of teachers have been pocketing by others for years as the schools have no activities.

After reports about imaginary teachers, the government closed all these schools.

Abdullah Afghan, a resident of Maroof district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that no school was open in the district and children were deprived of education.

“Well off people send their children to Kandahar city, Kabulinfo-icon or Quetta city of Pakistaninfo-icon for education but poor children work as shepherds or do labor tasks”, he said.

He said local people have started efforts to reopen the local schools and avoid the presence of ghost teachers.

He asked the provincial council and the education department to be honest in opening the schools and monitoring them.

Nasrullah, a resident of Shekhzo area of Maroof district said, that education director of Maroof, local officials and tribal elders had closed the district schools for years and salaries went to personal pockets.

He said insecurity was pretended as a problem that caused school closures but the real problem was corruption.

Now local elders wanted to reopen the schools but people were worried the past problems would happen again, he added.

Another resident, Niamatullah, said local elders recently met with Kandahar governor and provincial education director on reopening of schools in Maroof.

He said officials promised to reopen the schools and provide local children with education.

Janan Gulzai, a resident of Maroof district and provincial council member, also said that a high school and 30 primary schools existed in the district but all except two half-functioning, were closed.

He said many parents sent their children to Kandahar city for education. Many other children were orphans and should be enrolled in orphanages.

Gulzai also said schools in Maroof should be reopened and regularly monitored.

Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Baheer Ahmadi, said that Governor  Haayatullah Hayat had met with elders of Maroof districts about reopening of schools there.

He said the governor asked tribal elders, Islamic scholars, youths and civil societyinfo-icon activists to help reopen schools in the district.

Hayat promised to resolve education related problems of all districts of Kandahar under a comprehensive plan.

Nazar Mohammad Samimi, spokesman of Kandahar education department, said there were 30 schools in Maroof but salaries of their personnel had been going to ghost teachers and that was the reason they shut them.

He said a delegation from the education department had traveled to Maroof district and met with tribal elders and scholars for taking fundamental steps about education there.

He said the education department in cooperation with aid organizations was working on improving the education process in all districts of Kandahar.

Maroof is located 190 kilometers from Kandahar city near the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

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