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Insecurity deprives thousands of students of education

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL:  Around 100,000 enrolled students have been unable to attend more than 100 schools due to rampant of insecurity in southern Helmand province, official said.

“107 schools had been closed due to growing of insecurity in the province, and the total member of government-run schools is 384 in Helmand,” Pajwhok Afghan News quoted provincial education director, Abdul Matin Jafar as saying.

192,000 students, including 51,000 schoolgirls were receiving education in the province. The school students were being taught by 3,000 teachers, where 564 of them were female.

After the closure of schools, the teachers had been transferred to the operational schools in other areas of the province and receive their salaries properly, Jafar said.

He said that 172 schools in Helmand had buildings and construction work on buildings for another 31 schools was underway.

Provincial council member, Mohammad Hussain Alizada, claimed that there is endemic corruption in procurement contracts of the education department.

He said the Ministry of Education (MoE) is responsible for corruption in the provincial education departments.

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