As many as 6,000 Afghan schools have no buildings, adding to problems that children face in getting an education in the war-torn country, officials said.
Afghanistan’s education system has made significant gains since the Taliban were ousted by U.S.-led forces in 2001. However, despite of that progress, about 6,000 schools in the country have no building facilities.
“Schools should have buildings, 6,000 thousand schools have no buildings facilities,” said Mia Gul Wasiq, the political and social relations Chief in Presidential Palace. ” The ministries of rural rehabilitation and housing have been ordered [in this regard] and are making efforts to resolve this issue.”
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The Afghan security forces and the anti-government insurgent groups are using schools as military bases during offensives against each other, an official from the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE) said Monday.
“About 67 schools are being used as military bases across the country,” MoE Spokesman Kabir Haqmal said. “Some of these schools are being used by the Afghan national security and defense forces while others by the anti-government forces.”
According to the officials, more than a thousand schools are still closed across the country where millions of students are deprived of education.
But a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) rejected the allegations of Afghan forces using schools as their strongholds.
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