More than 50 schools have been closed due to recent clashes between security forces and insurgents in the provincial capital and three nearby districts of southern Helmand province, education officials said on Wednesday.
Helmand education director Abdul Matin Jaffar told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview that 51 schools had been closed in Lashkargah, Nad Ali, Marja and Greshk districts as a result of recent insecurity.
He said the closure of the schools had driven 42,000 students both boys and girls out of school.
“So far the teachers and students have not received any threats from the insurgents. The only reason is insecurity due to which students and teachers cannot go to schools.”
He said the affected students had been accommodated in functional schools elsewhere. He added two schools had been torched during the conflict and that efforts were underway to reopen the closed schools.
A high school student in Chah Injeer area of Nad Ali district, Hilaluddin, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I am in grade 11th. Our school has been closed due to insecurity. Now I informally attend classes in a high school in Safyan area of Lashkargah.”
He said if the school in Chah Injeer area was not reopened till the exams, he would formally get admission in the Lashkargah school.
Two days ago, Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi said 35 schools have been closed in central parts of the province due to recent insecurity.
A total of 383 schools exist in Helmand and 156 of them have been shut as a result of insecurity.
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