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Nearly 200 schools lack buildings in Jawzjan

Nearly 200 schools lack buildings in Jawzjan

May 16, 2017 - 18:23

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Local educationinfo-icon officials on Tuesday said 184 of 403 schools in northern Jawzjan province lacked buildings and their students attended classes in the open.

Provincial education director, Abdul Hai Yashin, presenting his department’s annual report during a meeting here, said in total 193,201 students were entrolled in 403 schools of the province. He said 184 of the schools were without structures.

“More than 13,000 students, including girls, were enrolled during the past one year. We constructed eight school buildings and surrounding walls for another 48 schools in Jawzjan last year, all these structures were funded by nongovernmental organizations,” he said.

He said deep wells for drinking water were recently dug at 19 schools while another 20 schools were extended the same facility through other sources.

He added 3,210 chairs were provided to schools this year, when 10 more schools were expected to get buildings.

However, Yashin’s information drew reaction from participants of the meeting. Mohammad Fateh, a schoolteacher, said: “Salaries and privileges of teachers are not given on time.”

Mahtab, another attendee, said students in a number of districts and parts of the provincial capital were still learning in ruined rooms, rented compounds and open areas.

“School students in Khwaja Dokoh district are in bad condition, the little boys and girls sit on dust, it is regrettable that our students still suffer from such problems despite the huge foreign aid during the past decade,” he said.

The education director confirmed problems, but said the education department alone could not resolve all these problems and traders and donors should cooperate in the area.

Jawzjan Governor Maulviinfo-icon Lotfullah Azizi, after hearing the report, said the accountability of government organs could improve their affairs. He said the government organs should present their annual performance report to the people.

The meeting organized by the provincial council was participated by hundreds of people from Shiberghan, the provincial capital.



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