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Elders to meet Taliban on reopening Logar schools

Elders to meet Taliban on reopening Logar schools

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Jul 16, 2018 - 17:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Almost all schools in central Logar province have been closed due to rising insecurity, keeping students from appearing in mid-term exams.

Educationinfo-icon Department spokesman Shahpoor Arab told Pajhwok Afghan News the Talibaninfo-icon recently warned teachers, students and other officers against attending schools.

He said the Taliban had closed schools in Mohammad Agha district and a number of areas around Pul-i-Alam, the capital of the province, about a week back.

“We have closed the schools to ensure the security of teachers and students. The schools will remain shut until the issue is discussed with the Taliban,” he said.

Arab said a joint jirgainfo-icon of tribal elders, provincial council members and ordinary people had been constituted to discuss the problem with the Taliban in an effort to find a solution.“Students would sit their mid-term exams once the issue is resolved.”

Malik Abdur Rahman, one of jirga members, told Pajhwok that they would soon talk to the Taliban on how to resolve the problem.

“The Taliban and the government have political differences, the education sector should not be politicised,” he continued.

Abdul Wali Wakil, deputy head of the provincial council, said that they were trying to reopen the schools as soon as possible.

“We have talked to the education department, the governor’s house and tribal elders on the issue. We are trying to find a solution to it,” he said.

On the other hand, the Taliban do not ackonwledge their involvement in closing schools. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that they had certain problems with the government regarding schools.

“Our members would talk to the government about this issue at a safe and proper place,” he said.

There are 307 educational institutes in Logar, where 150,000 students including 50,000 girls are enrolled.

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