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In Badakhshan, 268 schools without buildings

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In Badakhshan, 268 schools without buildings

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Apr 30, 2018 - 10:00

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 268 schools in northeastern Badakhshan province have no buildings, with students taught under tents. Some of the schools built recently have been destroyed.

Roohullah Mohaqiq, the educationinfo-icon director, told Pajhwok Afghan News most of schools, set up 15 years, had been destroyed ago due to the use of poor materials and needed to be reconstructed.

“Another problem of the education sector in Badakhshan is that several schools have been established in remote areas of the districts and students can’t go there,” he explained.

Mohaqiq alleged findings of the education department showed the schools were built on the personal whims of certain individuals in the past in areas that were currently unusable and insecure.

The education director added: “We have more than 360,000 students enrolled in government-run schools across the province. Of them 49 percent are girls.”

Several students, especially girls, cannot continue beyond sixth grades because of a whole host of problems, such as dirt roads and a lack of scholastic materials, furniture, buildings and boundary walls.

Naswan-i-Sang Mehr High School, about 200 metres from the education department, has 2,394 students taught by 67 teachers. It has 13 classrooms, but most of students have to study under tents.

Zuhal Hassam, principal of the school, said there they had no tables, chairs or blackboards in classrooms. Some pieces of furniture have been bought with teachers’ salaries.

Despite repeated requests, the principal claimed, the department concerned had taken no step yet to meet the school’s demands.

Hamasa Mashed, headmaster of the primary section of the school, said currently student were being taught under 12 tents, two of them provided by the education department and another 10 assisted by a donor agency.

“We have many problems; if they were not addressed it’s likely that a lot of students will become ill during the heat season,” she added.

Farzana, who stood first in the eleventh grade, sounded her concern at the situation her school is in. “I call on the education department to address the problems of our school.

“If the present situation persists, students run the risk of being taken sick this summer. We don’t have desks and chairs and study sitting on the ground,” she complained.

sa/mud

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