Ariana News findings indicate that due to ongoing war nearly 1000 schools were closed in 24 provinces of Afghanistan where most of the schools shut were in Zabul, Helmand, Kandahar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Ghazni, and Urozgan comparing to last year.
According to the documents the schools under the Taliban control are either closed or extremism subjects are being taught.
100 schools out of 395 were closed in Greshk district of Helmand province while 150 schools remained closed in 5 districts of Zabul province.
138 schools were closed out of 451 in Kandahar province but 497 schools were closed due to ongoing war including 15 school girls in Kunduz province.
80 schools remain closed due to high level of threats in 3 districts of Baghlan province while 42 out of 680 schools were closed due to ongoing threats in Ghazni province but in some districts controlled by Taliban no schools are active.
Deputy Provincial council of Helmand Abdul Majeed Akhundzada said,” Schools are active and open in the main city but none schools are opened in districts, even some of the schools remained closed in Lashkargha city of Helmand.”
“I admit that ongoing war in Helmand has badly impacted over the education system comparing to last years.” Chief Education department of Helmand Abdul Matin Jafar said.
Ministry of Education Spokesman Mujeeb Mahrdad confirmed the issue said, “Ongoing war has badly impacted the education system, if war continues incoming year it will cause that more schools to be closed.”
Most of schools in Afghanistan were used as safe shelters by both Taliban and Afghan security forces.
Ministry of Defense Deputy Spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said, “Surely the enemies are using schools as the insurgency bases and safe shields in the country.”
Earlier Minister of Education Asadullah Hanif Balkhi had called all warring sides to avoid attacking schools and using them as shields.
Boys, specially girls indeed were deprived from education in the areas where war continued and it badly impacted the education system, hopes are underway to see more schools to re-open in Afghanistan in coming year.
Reported by: Bais Hayat