600,000 children out of school in Helmand
LASHKARGAH: Efforts have been underway to reopen 123 schools closed due to insecurity and other reasons in southern Helmand province, where some 600,000 children are out of school, an official said.
Helmand education director Dawod Sha Safari told a gathering in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, that the closed schools were among the total 417 schools across Helmand.
Currently 49, 000 girls and 21, 3000 boys are enrolled in schools across Helmand, shows statistics with the provincial population department—insufficient keeping in view the province population.
The education director said it was due to negligence and corruption of former education officials, insecurity and lack of resources that today tens of thousands of school going age children were deprived of an education.
“Illegal appointment of teachers and the presence of ghost teachers and administrative corruption are issues the education process face in Helmand,” he said.
Safari also said around 100 acres of the education department’s land had been usurped — an issue contributing to the deprivation of children of education.
Addressing the gathering, Helmand provincial council chief Attaullah Afghan said the Helmand education department had been politicized.
He asked the governor’s house to move the attorneys against individuals involved in usurping the education department’s land if they refused to voluntarily return.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Mohammad Yasin Khan said he would not tolerate interference in the education process and anyone accused of meddling would be referred to the attorney’s office.
The governor asked the education director to provide a list of individuals who had grabbed the education department’s land to the governor’s house in order a legal action against them could be initiated.
“Serious questions are asked about the education budget, teachers and officials of the education department should discharge their duty sincerely.”