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Kandahar to enroll 60,000 new students this year

Kandahar to enroll 60,000 new students this year

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Sep 01, 2019 - 16:48

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials say 60,000 children would be enrolled in schools in southern Kandahar province at the start of new academic year which begins on September 6 in warm provinces.

Nazar Mohammad Samimi, Kandahar educationinfo-icon department spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that besides enrolling new children to schools, they had also started employing new teachers to fill vacancies this academic year.

This academic year, 60,000 new students including boys and girls would be admitted to Kandahar schools and the number was double compared to last year, he said.

Samimi said hundreds of new students had been enrolled in schools so far and 2,500 male and female teachers would be hired in near future.

He said another problem was shortage of text books and efforts were underway to resolve it. He added the education department obtained 350,000 text books with the help of an organization but the books were not enough.

Fortunately the Ministry of Education recently started distributing 12.2 million new textbooks to schools and some of these books would be distributed to Kandahar students that would somehow resolve the shortage, he said.

Lack of school buildings is another problem in Kandahar but steps have been taken in this regard, Samimi said.

Currently construction work on 104 school buildings is underway in Kandahar as part of Iqra Program, he added, saying that these buildings would resolve 80 percent problem.

About closed schools in Kandahar, he said that 98 schools remained closed due to security and some other problems but the education department would try to reopen them with the help of local tribal elders and influential figures.

Kandahar has 470 schools and 153 of them were closed last year but 55 of them were reopened last academic year. There are also allegations of corruption in Kandahar education affairs.

Kandahar governor, Hayatullah Hayat earlier had organized a meeting about finding solution to problems the education process faced in the province.

He had said that the education process in Kandahar faced problems and reforms could not be applied in the area without public observation.

Hayat said corruption and problems in the education process persisted as the education cost of one student in some districts was $17,000.

He had said that five of 17 districts of the province were without schools which he called rare in the whole country.

There are two types of problems in Kandahar education process and they have internal and externalinfo-icon links, he had said, adding that shortage of books, school buildings and teachers were domestic problems and insecurity, interferences from powerful figures, lack of public cooperation, poverty and low education level were external problems.

Kandahar residents are also unsatisfied with the current education condition in the province.

Abdul Ghafor, a resident and tribal elder from Ghorak district, said that schools had been shut in the district since last five years and children were deprived of education.

He said that the government should give education right to people of Ghorak district.

Haji Sayed Mohammad, another resident, said that the education process in Kandahar had seriously been affected by corruption.

He said there were ghost schools in Kandahar and salaries paid to such schools went to personal pockets.

Mohammad said that powerful figures employed their own people in schools and there was a need for serious reforms in the education sector.

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