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Conflict in Uruzgan leaves 80 schools closed

Conflict in Uruzgan leaves 80 schools closed

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Oct 05, 2017 - 17:49

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): At least 80 schools have been closed as a result of the recent conflict in central Uruzgan province, affecting thousands of students, an official said on Thursday.

Mohammad Nazir Kharoti, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the year-long conflict in Uruzgan rendered dozens of schools shut and people’s cooperation was needed to reopen them.

He said efforts were underway in cooperation with local elders to reopen the 80 schools located in Tirinkot and districts.

A student of Malalai school said traditions also played a key role behind the closure of schools besides conflict in Uruzgan.

She said girls were harassed on their way to school and as a consequence, many girls opted to stay at home.

About 600 schools have been closed nationwide for various reasons including insecurity amid efforts by the authorities to reopen them as soon as possible.

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