Residents of Gayan district in Paktika have complained about the lack of school buildings and the lack of teachers.
This district has seven schools and the school building in the central area of the district was half-destroyed by the recent earthquake. The other schools do not have buildings and students learn in the open air.
“When it’s raining in this district schools are off because we cannot study in the rain and children cannot study in an open space,” said Jawed, a student.
“We ask that schools be made for us, we also lack teachers and lack books,” said Ishaq, a student.
The district lacks secondary schools.
“In our village there are lots of children and they need to learn but unfortunately they cannot," said Sabdar, a tribal elder.
“After the earthquake, UNICEF helped our schools and now some of our students are learning,” said Ezatullah, a tribal elder.
“We ask the government to make primary schools and secondary schools so our students can complete their education,” said Bakhtullah Bakhtaware, a teacher.
Meanwhile, local officials said that they will address the challenges of education in Gayan district.
“We asked the government to make two schools in this distract and the authorities assured us about this,” said Sanaullah Masoom, spokesman for the Paktika governor.
The central school building in Gayan district was destroyed in the summer by an earthquake.