Taliban control schools in Ghazni province of Afghanistan
By Sajad - Wed Dec 12 2012, 8:21 pm
A member of the Afghan provincial council in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan said majority of the schools in this province is under the control of the Taliban militants and the study syllabus has been changed in the favor of the Taliban group.
Hamid Gulistan provincial council member on Wednesday said Taliban militants have recently taken control over 70% of schools in this province and warned that the current situation will harm education in Ghazni province.
He said they have evidence in this regard and accused provincial education chief for being reckless and said head of the education department was supported by unknown individuals however he did not disclose furhter information.
Ghazni province is one of the volatile region in central eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants are actively operating in various districts. Taliban militants also closed a number of schools in this province during the recent years.
A school principal in Qarabagh district said Taliban militants are forcing to implement their own teaching syllabus in schools and Taliban militants are monitoring the classes in various schools and they have removed science subjects.
He also said Taliban militants are forcing to teach Arabic and religious subjects and are selecting teachers according to their but provincial education chief Ehsasullah Nashir denying the report said that the teachers are selected based on their talent after sitting in a test and Taliban militants have no role in this regard.
But Chaman Islami school principal in Qarabagh district said a commission comprised of Taliban and education department members have been formed and are controlling the classes in this province.
Afghan education ministry officials also denied the reports. A spokesman for the ministry of education of Afghanistan Amanullah Iman said, “There are issues there, Taliban are there and they threatened us last year but education ministry will never compromise with the Taliban militants. We are also aware of the reports but this does not mean that they are all correct.”
He said Taliban militants are looking to enforce their regulations in areas under their control and their suggestions does not mean any thing to Afghan education ministry.
Around 635 educational institutions including schools, education centers and religious centers are operating in Ghazni province. According to provincial education chief all the institutions are administrated by formal government employees however he said there also some issues in some places in this province.