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Most of Ghor schools lack buildings, basic facilities

Most of Ghor schools lack buildings, basic facilities

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Apr 22, 2019 - 18:57

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The majority of schools in western Ghorinfo-icon province have no buildings and their students study under the open sky in harsh weather conditions.

Of total 820 schools in Ghor, only 200 schools have buildings and students of the remaining schools are vulnerable to tough weather conditions.

Provincial Educationinfo-icon Director Ahmad Sabir Noori acknowledged the problems being faced by the education sector and said no real efforts were ever made to resolve them.

He said text books did not reach students on time just because of the slow-paced procurement process. He added 195,000 students, including 79,000 girls, have been getting education in Ghor.

Civil societyinfo-icon activists and members of the Provincial Council also expressed their concern about the poor state of education affairs in Ghor.

Abdul Hameed Nateqi, one of the Provincial Council members, said: “Millions of dollars have been spent by the government and the international community on education sector but still government-run schools are in bad condition.”

Shamsullah Danish, a class three student, who used a white sheet of paper to protect himself the heat of sun, said studying under the open sky made them weak.  “We fall sick as a result of sitting on wet floor and exposure to the sun,” he said.

The students of Khadijatul Kubra High School, the second largest girls’ school in Ferozkoh, are faced with multiple problems including lack of drinking water facility and curriculum books.

Teachers Rahmani and Jameela Ghayur said they often approached the Education Department for their problems but no steps were undertaken to address education related issues.

“We have many problems, the number of students is high but there are limited classrooms,” Ghayur said.

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