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After a month closure, elders help reopen Kunduz schools

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After a month closure, elders help reopen Kunduz schools

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Apr 23, 2018 - 17:47

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): More than 400 schools which the Talibaninfo-icon closed about a month back have been reopened in northern Kunduz province, an official said Monday.

The Taliban ordered hundreds of schools shut downed in many parts of the province a month ago, affecting nearly 200,000 students.

Provincial educationinfo-icon department head Rustam Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that tribal elders had been able to convince the rebels to reopen the schools.

He said based on the tribal elders’ mediation, all closed schools had been reopened in the province.

He said: “Students attended classes this afternoon and some would start coming to their schools by tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Kabir Haqmal, the ministry of education spokesman, also confirmed to Pajhwok the reopening of the closed schools.

Under the new agreement with the Taliban, a new Kabulinfo-icon Bank branch would be opened in every district of the province.

He said: “Opening of new Kabul Bank branches in every district would help teachers get their salaries easily.”

Khal Mohmmad, a resident of Qala-i-Zal district, said it was being heard that the schools had reopened but so far no student was seen going to school.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said their delegation had been in the area for few days and they might have been reached a solution the issue of closed schools.

Some more than 300,000 students attend 507 schools in Kunduz.

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