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Nearly half of Helmand schools without buildings

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Nearly half of Helmand schools without buildings

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Jun 22, 2019 - 15:21

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  Nearly half of schools in southern Helmand province have no buildings and 76 others have been closed, the education director and residents said on Saturday.

Farid Ahmad, a student of the Khwaja Baba high school in Nawa district, told Pajhwok Afghan News they have been attending classes under tents.

He said, “Our school lacks building and in a very hot weather we are studying under tent, thus no one could learn their lessons well.”

Sayed Shah, a resident of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok that most of schools have no buildings and their students did not receive textbooks on time.

He said a number of schools in the province had been totally destroyed in the conflict and some others needed rehabilitation.

Habibullah, a resident of Greshk district, held similar views and said: “The Afghan government has received a lot of money for educationinfo-icon system but we don’t know where the authorities spent that money.”

A number of other residents held similar views and urged the government to address their issues at the earliest possible.

Daud Shah Safari, the provincial education department head, confirmed to Pajhwok that of 421 total schools 274 schools were without buildings.

He said the issue had been shared with the Education Ministry which had approved budget for 99 school buildings.

He expected rehabilitation works on some schools would start in the province during the ongoing year.

He said due to the continued war in the province nearly 76 schools have been closed, depriving hundreds of students of study.

PK/ma

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