Some Daikundi schools used as cattle pens at night
NEILI (Pajhwok): Only six percent of schools in central Daikundi province have proper buildings, forcing children to study in areas where animals are corralled at night, a report by the human rights commission claimed on Wednesday.
A shortage of professional teachers, educational materials, lack of drinking water at 82 percent of schools, the absence of buildings and science labs have been listed as major challenges facing the provincial education sector.
Mohammad Jawad Dadgar, head of the local human rights commission, said the survey they conducted showed last year that only one in five students had access to books and there teachers’ shortage problem was yet to be resolved.
“According to the investigative report, education in the province faced multiple problems last year. Sixty-eight percent of schools in the province have been without buildings,” he added.
Dadgar revealed of the 377 schools in Daikundi only 119 had buildings. At least 33 schools are made of mud. They have been constructed by the locals. He complained animals were kept at night at most of schools without buildings in far-flung areas.
The rights campaigner said only six percent of schools had standard buildings, with the remaining ones in a shambles. The termination of 1,557 teachers’ contracts has left the Daikundi education sector in a deep crisis. He said the report showed last year one teacher taught six classes.
Syed Mustafa Moosavi, acting director of education, acknowledged the problem, saying 166,000 students, including 75,000 girls, were currently enrolled in 377 schools across the province. There are 3,650 teachers in Daikundi, is in dire need of another 2,000 teachers.
He linked the declining interest in education to increasing challenges. After graduating from schools, many students face a dark future as most of them have no option but to work. Most of them fail to get admissions to higher education institutes.
The director revealed the education department had chalked out a strategy to ensure quality education -- the right of every student.
Mullah Sadar, a religious scholar from Kajran district, said most of schools in the town were without buildings and students continued studying in the open. He added it was difficult studying in an environment like this, asking the government to construct buildings for Daikundi schools.
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