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40 percent of Logar schools without buildings

40 percent of Logar schools without buildings

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Jan 17, 2017 - 14:27

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Forty percent of schools in central Logar province do not have buildings and students have to study under the open sky without basic educationinfo-icon facilities, an official said on Tuesday.

Education department spokesman Mohammad Shahpur Arab told Pajhwok Afghan News 110 schools across the province were without buildings. He said 23 schools in Pul-i-Alam, 24 in Baraki Barak district, 22 in Mohammad Agha, 14 in Charkh, 13 in Azra, 10 in Khusshi district and five in Kharwar lacked buildings.

According to Arab, more than 48,000 students had to study under tents or temporary roofs. Baraki Rajan, Padkhab-i-Roghani, Abdul Rahman, Sabit Kochi, Mir Ghias, Nasaro, Pashtoonabad and business schools are without buildings.

“It is a huge challenge for us. An enabling environmentinfo-icon is the most important thing in getting education,” he remarked, saying the issue had been discussed with the governor’s house and charity organisations.

Zarghona, a student at Baraki Rajan High School, said: “Our family allow us to go to school in difficult circumstances. But our school is without a building, a problem for us. In cold and hot weather, studies are affected.”

Another student at Haroonkhel High School said: “Our school has no building and is shifted from one place to another.” He said students often left school in the middle of the day, as the absence of a proper building made it hard to maintain discipline.

Abdul Wali Wakeel, a provincial council member, said it was a huge embarrassment that 40 percent of Logar schools were without buildings after 16 years of democratic rule and huge aid flows.

“The common people are ready to send their children to school and donate land for the construction of educational institutes. But the government has failed to do its part -- a disservice to the nation,” Wakeel commented.

Saleem Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, acknowledged that some schools in the province were without buildings. He confirmed receiving a list of schools sans buildings from the education department. Special attention would paid to the issue this year, he promised.

The problem was discussed with education ministry broadcasting department head Kabir Haqmal, who said Logar was a lucky province where 40 percent schools were without buildings. More than 50 percent schools in other provinces faced similar problems, he explained.

He, however, said the Ministry of Education (MoE) planned to construct buildings for all schools across the country. Both time and funds were needed for such projects, he said.

Currently 307 schools, including 15 seminaries, are functional in Logar, where 150,000 students, including 35,000 girls, are enrolled.

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