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530 schools still remain closed countrywide: MoE

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AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The Ministry of Education (MoE) said Saturday that hundreds of schools are still remain closed in parts of the country due to security threats by militants.

“Over 530 schools are shut countrywide as a result of insecurity which has deprived 250,000 studnets from education,” said Mohammad Asif Nang, the acting minister of Education, as quoted by Radio Azadi.

He said the schools are located in 70 districts wherein students are not able to go to schools as a result of security threat in their areas.

He added that the MoE staffers have been victims of insecurity in past years and several of them have lost their lives in attacks by insurgents. “More than 4,000 employees of the MoE have died in terror attacks by militants in past seven years,” he added.

In the meantime, Nang said around 4,000 students have also lost their lives in militant attacks in past seven years.

He acknowledged that more than 70 districts in the country are in the red zone wherein most of schools are closed due to conflicts and unrest. He said that a number of the schools are located in Helmand, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.