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A month on, all Chaparhar schools remain closed

A month on, all Chaparhar schools remain closed

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Nov 12, 2018 - 17:39

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province say all schools in the district have been closed since a month due to security threats.

On the other hand, local officials say they have discussed the issue with local residents and soon they would reach a result about reopening of the schools.

There are 76 schools in Chaparhar district, imparting educationinfo-icon to nearly 35,000 students, including around 8,000 of them girls. However, all these students are now deprived of education due to closure of their schools.

Sayed Anwar, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that students had been avoiding going to schools since a month due to rumors of possible insurgent attacks on schools.

A tribal elder of the district, Malak Mahkam Khan Dawlatzai, said there were no apparent security problems for schools, but only rumors and low confidence of education officials had caused the schools to shut.

He said the schools were closed after the district education director officer received a threat from an unknown telephone number.

Nangarhar education officials confirmed that schools in Chaparhar had been closed due to security threats.

Provincial education department spokesman, Mohammad Asif Shinwari, told Pajhwok that the department had received a letter from the district education manager about security threats to schools.

He said the schools were ordered closed and the issue was shared with the governor’s house, security officials and the Ministry of Education.

Nangarhar governor Hayatullah Hayat also said security concerns forced the closure of schools in Chaparhar district. He said consultations were ongoing with local elders on reopening the schools.

He promised to ensure security of schools after their reopening and launch an operation in the district to improve the situation there.

Few months back, school exams were canceled for the last academic year in the whole of Nangarhar province after Daesh or Islamic State (IS) insurgents threatened attacks.

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