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‘Over 1,000 schools remain closed’

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Education Ministry says that the number of closed schools has been increased as compared to previous years as 1,006 schools were not functional due to security-related issues in 24 provinces across the country.

The Ministry of Education has displayed the number of closed schools in 24 provinces as follows:

Kandahar (154), Zabul (154), Helmand (150), Uruzgan (112), Farah (67), Ghazni (52), Paktia (49), Badghis (45), Herat (41), and Paktika (39) schools due to insecurity, ariananews reported.

Moreover, 143 schools have been closed in 18 provinces including the capital Kabul.

“Unfortunately, escalation of conflict has paved way for closure of schools in the country, still at least 1,000 schools have been closed,” said Mujib Mehrdad, Spokesman of the Education Ministry.

Currently, nine million students are receiving education in 16,000 schools across the country, but 50 percent of these schools have no buildings, the ministry disclosed.

On the other hand, the Interior Ministry assured of taking steps for reopening these closed schools.

“We will take action in the insecure areas, where the insurgents cause problems for schools,” said Najib Danish, Acting Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

Meanwhile, there are reports, indicating that there are a number of schools which have been turned into military check posts between Afghan security forces and the Taliban militants.

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