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Meddling in education affairs intolerable: Shinwari

Meddling in education affairs intolerable: Shinwari

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May 10, 2018 - 11:33

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Nangarhar educationinfo-icon director says interference in the education sector is intolerable and no one will be allowed to middle in his affairs.

Hasibullah Shinwari, the newly-appointed as director, told Pajhwok Afghan News about 902 schools existed in the province. Fifty-five of them are without buildings, boundary walls and other facilities.

Around 820,000 students, including 350,000 girls, were enrolled in these schools, he said, adding anti-corruption efforts were underway.

Announcement of contracts through the media was something that could prevent corruption and also strengthen oversight of district schools, the official said.

In response to public complaints of bribes for appointments, he said: “It may have been the case before my appointment.

“But this problem will never recur as appointments are now made through the administrative reform process and the department has no role in it.”

However, principals and residents of some districts and remote areas complain their schools are being controlled by Talibaninfo-icon. But the director said they had not received any official complaint in this regard.

Shinwari asked people and local elders to oversee schools to help improve the education standard. He would welcome such a move.

The official added: “There is no security threat to schools for girls and no militant group has warned of closing them.”

He stressed no one, including government officials, would be allowed to interfere in education affairs. He called on all sides to share their plans with the department for reforming the education sector.

sa/mud

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