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Nangarhar: High school reopens in former IS stronghold

Nangarhar: High school reopens in former IS stronghold

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Mar 24, 2019 - 15:40

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A high school, which served as the center of Daesh or so-called Islamic State group, was reopened on Sunday after three years in the Haskma Mina district of eastern Nangarhar province.

Government officials rang the school bell to reopen it and mark the start of the new academic year in cold areas of the province at a ceremony attended by Governor Shah Mahmood Miakhel and others.

Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News besides the governor, educationinfo-icon department head, police chief, security officials and residents attended the school’s reopening ceremony.

He said the new education year in cold areas kicked off by reopening the high school in Payan Markazai area, which was the center for Daesh rebels in the past.

He said the school’s building had damaged as a result of the past conflict but tents were temporary installed for students.

Governor Maiakhel congratulated all teachers and students over the start of the new academic year and expressed his happiness over the reopening of closed schools in the province.

He urged the people to support security forces and assured them that all damaged school buildings, clinics and retaining walls would be reconstructed soon as directed by President Ashraf Ghani.

Education department head Hassibullah Shinwari told the ceremony that the school, where only firing was heard in the past, would once again educate children.

 He said there were a total of 279 schools in cold areas imparting education to 1,5000 students, with girls making 30 percent of them. He said the education year was started by reopening four schools, but 13 schools remained closed.

Rizwanullah Basharmal, the Haska Mina district chief, called on displaced people to retune to their own places.

Provincial police Chief Maj. Gen. Ghulam Sani Stanekzai assured people of the district that the strength of security forces would be increased and the available forces would be equipped and facilitated.

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