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In Nangarhar, Taliban keeping a watch on schools

In Nangarhar, Taliban keeping a watch on schools

Feb 12, 2017 - 10:11

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Some provincial council members say the Taliban are keeping a watch on government-run schools in remote areas in eastern Nangarhar province.

Education officials also confirm Taliban’s supervision of government schools, saying the outlawed insurgent group’s action is helping improve the system.

Ajmal Omar, a local representative from Khogyani district, says the fighters keep an eye on teachers’ performance in far-flung areas. The

He adds the Taliban regularly visit schools with attendance sheets. The teachers staying away from classes are marked absent.

The practice is ongoing in the Hesarak, Sherzad and Khogyani and other districts, where the militants have a strong presence, according to Omar.

A tribal elder from Sherzad district confirmed to Pajhwok the guerrillas regularly kept an eye on schools in far-flung neighbourhoods.

He hailed the Taliban action to observe education system because according to Jafar schools better performed in areas where government had little control.

Israrullah, a resident of the Nokarkhel locality of Khogyani, also verified Taliban’s frequent visits to schools. Absentee teachers are warned.

Abidur Rahman, district educational official, admitted the rebels regularly visited Waziro Jihadi, Sangi Miagano, Zawi Babi Kas, Hashimkhel, Nokarkhel, Mazkikhel and the Mamli High Schools.

He hailed Taliban’s checks as a positive action that had helped seven girls’ schools functional in the area.

Education Department spokesman Mohammad Asif Shinwari said the insurgents were watching schools in the Surkhrod, Pachiragam and other insecure districts.

He acknowledged the practice had been helpful in promoting the cause of education in volatile areas, where government teams could not go.

But Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, said they were in favour of government teams -- not Taliban -- visiting the areas to evaluate the performance of teachers.

He added they were trying to ensure security in all areas. Once the situation improved, the problems would go away, he hoped.

Meanwhile, the Taliban also confirmed visiting schools in different provinces of the country. The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “It is the responsibility of our education commission to observe schools and seminaries.

“The presence of students and teacher is very important and we cannot remain silent on this issue because education promotion is among Taliban’s core principles,” he concluded.




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