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Mar 24, 2019
School in Ghani's village converted into ANA post
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have established a security check-post in a school in President Ashraf Ghani’s village in central Logar province, residents said.
Najeebullah, a tribal elder from the Surkh Ab area of the Mohammad Agha district, complained the soldiers had created the check-post in the Hashmat Khalil Karzai High School, depriving many children of education.
“The school has been shifted to another area but students cannot go there as result of insecurity and they deprived from study,” he explained.
Another elder, Gul Rahman, also grumbled about the ANA checkpoint in the school. He called it a serious issue for the students, who were no longer attending classes there.
Sabir, a student of 10th class, told Pajhwok that the school had been turned into a military base. “The check-post was set up a few months back. Students’ future will be at stake if the post is not removed before the academic year begins.”
Other residents of Surkhab area held similar views and urged the government to address the issue at the earliest possible.
Roohullah Ameen, the district’s education chief, verified the creation of the ANA check-post in the Hashmat Khalil Karzai School a year back. The facility still exists.
“Many chairs and desks have been broken or have disappeared after the ANA personnel established the post, which has been a huge problem for us,” he remarked.
He also confirmed the school had been shifted to another part of the area but students did not go there. Ameen said he had shared the issue with the district’s administrative chief and education department.
Provincial security officials refused to comment on the issue. Shamshad Laraway, the governor’s spokesman, said they were aware of the problem and measure would be taken soon to resolve it.
“The school issue will be taken up at the upcoming provincial security meeting. The governor will direct the authorities concerned to remove the check-post from the school,” he concluded.
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