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First school bell rings for Paktika children in 4 years

First school bell rings for Paktika children in 4 years

Mar 23, 2017 - 19:37

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Local educationinfo-icon officials on Thursday said 13 schools, which had been closed due to insecurity, were reopened on the first day of the new academic year in southeastern Paktika province.

Provincial education director, Nasim Wajid, told Pajhwok Afghan News the schools had been shut for the past four years due to insecurity and other problems.

He said the schools were reopened in Sara Rawza, Barmal and Khairkot districts. Twenty-seven other schools were still shut in Paktika, but efforts were underway to reopen them, he said.

Governor Ilias Wahdat said people’s interest in education had increased in Paktika. Besides boys, around 30,000 girls also attended school in the province, he added.

He said people had voluntarily allocated their land to schools and even helped in their construction. “Reopening of closed schools is one of our primary goals,” he said.

Fazal Niazmal, deputy director of the professional agricultureinfo-icon school in Yahyakhel district, said the Talibaninfo-icon were not involved in closing of the schools but some figures inside the group were behind the closure.

He asked families to pave the ground for reopening of schools in their areas and send their children there. There are 339 schools in Paktika and of them 27 are still closed. Around 153,000 students including girls are attending schools in the province.



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