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Ghazni students struggling with textbooks shortage

Ghazni students struggling with textbooks shortage

May 15, 2017 - 22:12

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A number of provincial council members and residents of southern Ghazni province on Monday complained about the shortage of textbooks in schools despite the passage of two months of the current academic year.

Abdullah, a student at Shah Mir High School in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that half of the textbooks were given to reach students by relevant officials about few days back.

“I am in 11th grade, every year we are given half of the curriculum’s books and thus our lessons are incomplete.” According to him, they hadn’t received books of science subjects.

Meanwhile, 12th grade student of Sayed Haji High School in Deh Yak district, Noor Rahman, said they were also given half of the books.

“In our school, ten years old books are taught to students. The old books are different from the new books.”

A civil societyinfo-icon activist, Mohammad Kazim, also confirmed students in many schools lacked half of the books. “Such issues always exist in schools where students graduate as illiterate.” He stressed immediate solution to students’ problem and provision of complete books to schools.

Meanwhile, a member of the Ghazni provincial council, Hamidullah Sarwari, said two months had passed in the new educationinfo-icon year, but students were yet to receive textbooks.

According to him, newly printed books by the Ministry of Education (MoE) are also unavailable in markets so students could buy them.

The Ghazni education department confirmed the issue. Provincial education chief, Mohammad Abid, said some schools had been provided with half of the textbooks.

“I have demanded about two million books from the MoE, however, they sent only one million.” He said the MoE was yet to deliver on its promise of sending the rest of the books.

Ghazni officials say Andar, Maqur, Qara Bagh, Gilan, Rashidan, Khogyani, Waghaz, Zankhan and some other areas haven’t received full textbooks so far.


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