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119 schools still remain closed in Helmand

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LASHKARGAH: Insecurity and illegal armed groups are the main obstacles before education sector in Helmand province as at least 119 schools have remained closed in the province, officials said on Sunday.
Helmand Education Director, Abdul Matin Jafar, said that 14 schools had been reopened this year while 119 are still shut due to insecurity. “As many as 193,000 students are going to schools which are currently open in Helmand,” he said, however added that most of schools in northern parts of Helmand were closed due to insecurity in the recent months.
The director told a local news agency that a number of schools remained close in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
He further said that about 100,000 students were deprived of education, and it’s the duty of the government to ramp up efforts aimed at reopening the closed schools.
“Our children walk seven kilometers every day to attend classes in far flung schools as schools in our locality have been shut by insurgency,” a resident said on the condition of anonymity.
Confirming the closure of more than 100 schools in Helmand, the spokesman for Ministry of Education Kabir Haqmal said the ministry was seeking help of local tribal elders in reopening the schools.

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