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Daesh seeks to roll out own curriculum in Darz Aab schools

Daesh seeks to roll out own curriculum in Darz Aab schools

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Jul 04, 2017 - 12:58

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The Daesh militant group has informed residents of the Darz Aab district of northern Jawzjan province it will soon introduce its self-styled curriculum in schools, officials said on Tuesday.

Inhabitants and officials say the Islamic State rebels, who are trying to strengthen their foothold in Afghanistaninfo-icon, recently torched the Darz Aab girls’ school and damaged 11 other educational institutes in the district.

The group says its curriculum would be introduced at schools after the summer vacation. Acting Governor Baz Mohammad Dawar acknowledged Daesh had distributed letters regarding the implementation of its syllabus.

He said the obscurantist outfit had told the people its curriculum would be taught in Daesh-controlled areas. The group, which has been making steadily inroads into the north, is also seeking to enforce its set of courses in areas outside its control.

Syed Murad, a teacher in one of Darz Aab schools, said Daesh had brought together residents of areas under its sway and told them after the summer vacation new books would be distributed to schools.

The rebels have collected the government-delivered books, according to the teacher, who revealed Daesh had written school principals letters in Dari language, pledging to reset the curriculum in near future.

Murad, however, explained the insurgents had reduced their focus on the issue and their activities had been curtailed as a result of drone attacks in Darz Aab two weeks back,.

Deputy Governor Eng. Abdul Rahman Mahmoodi confirmed the torching of a girls’ school and damaged to several others in the district after the drone attacks in Darz Aab two weeks back.

He added: “The fighters have taken away scholastic materials, including chairs and desks, indicating their utter disregard for educationinfo-icon. They have no plan to introduce their own curriculum.”

The militants knew only how to unleash terror and cause murder and mayhem, Mahmoodi remarked, accusing the group of having blatant contradictions in its words and actions.

Abdul Hai Yashin, Jawzjan education director, accused the guerrillas of storming a school and ransacking its belongings, including laboratory tools. He said schools were currently closed for the summer vacation, hoping the old curriculum would continue to be taught.

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