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Work resumes on 3 Kunar schools after Pajhwok report

Work resumes on 3 Kunar schools after Pajhwok report

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Apr 03, 2019 - 20:53

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): New contracts have been issued and construction of three incomplete school buildings resumed in eastern Kunar province after a Pajhwok report about the issue, an official said Wednesday.

Contracting companies had disappeared into thin air, leaving incomplete construction work on 13 schools in the province, Pajhwok Afghan News had reliably learnt.

Contracts for construction of 14 schools were awarded between 2007 and 2012 years, with several firms receiving a lot of funds. But the companies did not complete construction works.

Educationinfo-icon Director Mujib Rahman Hamdard told Pajhwok Afghan News that all contracts had been awarded in Kabulinfo-icon by the ministry and they received letters about the projects.

Education Ministry’s Survey and Procurement Department once assessed the construction of these buildings, but the outcome was not shared with the Kunar Education Department, he said.

According to him, after Pajhwok Afghan News published its report in this regard, the MoE issued new contracts and construction works on three incomplete schools had been resumed in Chinar Mingal of Marwara district, in Karbori area of Sheigal district and Dambaro school in Asmar district.

Hamdard said the remaining halted works would be completed within five months. He said after the Pajhwok report, the MoE made repeated contracts with his department to seek more information about the halted projects.

He hoped construction works on the remaining incomplete projects would also be restarted.

Meanwhile, a civil societyinfo-icon activist and resident of Marawara district told Pajhwok that such investigative reports based on evidence and documents could help in certain cases.

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