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Nearly half of Laghman schools without buildings

Nearly half of Laghman schools without buildings

Oct 18, 2017 - 22:40

MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Nearly half of the schools in eastern Laghman province have no buildings, drinking water facilities, toilets and boundary walls, officials said on Wednesday.

Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi presided over a meeting with education officials.

Education director Mohammad Hazrat Mujadadi, and district education officers attended the meeting, in which achievements and problems in the sector were discussed, Zwak said.

He quoted the education director as saying that of 298 schools in Laghman, 43 percent have no building, 50 percent lacked drinking water, 48 percent toilets and 67 percent lacked boundary walls.

Mujadadi said about 12 schools needed retaining walls to be protected from flooding.

He cited lack of playgrounds, electricity, teachers and other staff, books and transport facilities as major problems.

The education director said about 308 schools were operational in Laghman --- 298 state-run and the rest private.

In these schools, he said, about 200,000 boys and girls were taught by 4,356 teachers.

Boundary walls of 32 schools were completed this year with assistance from the governor’s house, and construction work on some other projects was ongoing, he added.

Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi said the education sector had developed like other departments.

He warned teachers against doing his personal work during duty time, saying teachers were role models for their pupils.

He assured of sharing teachers’ problems with the Ministry of Education.