Schools remain closed in Pamir District of Badakhshan

Pamir (ToloNews): Even though it has been over three months since the start of the country’s new school year, schools in the Pamir area of Badakhshan, which is known as the rooftop of the world, has not yet reopened for students.
Students in the district criticized the government for not opening schools and ask that it quickly send teachers and materials to this area.
“We ask the government to reopen schools so that we can be as literate as other people,” said Ibrahim, a student.
Some local students say that their schools have not been regularly open for them for more than two years, and that this school year they have been closed completely.
“Half of the year passed and we still do not have teacher, pen or booklets,” said Raziq, a student.
Meanwhile, due to a lack of female teachers in Pamir district of Badakhshan, girls have been left out of school.
“If a female teacher comes, we will allow our daughters to go to school. I have a daughter who is too eager to go to school,” said Hassan, a resident of the Pamirs.
Badakhshan’s education department acknowledged the lack of teachers and other facilities and said they are working to address these challenges.
“If the Pamir Department of Education is so negligent, we will guide them to address Pamir’s problems as soon as possible, and the schools should be reopened,” said Nader Naderi, press officer of the Badakhshan Department of Education.
There are now two secondary schools in the Little and Big Pamirs with 248 male students officially enrolled, including 74 girls, according to the Badakhshan Department.