PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have closed thirty religious seminaries for the last four months in central Logar province, depriving thousands of students of their studies, residents claim.
The residents also accuse the provincial Education Department of doing nothing to reopen the seminaries.
Habib Rahman, a resident of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that his two sons were studying in Abubakkar Sadiq madrasa which had been closed since few months.
He said the Education Department had been not able to address the issue so far and his sons were among thousands of students deprived of education.
Azizullah, a student at the central seminary, told Pajhwok that all students of seminaries had been home for the last few months because their seminaries were shut.
He said, “Taliban have closed these seminaries. Their act has deprived thousands of students of their d education for the past many months.”
A number of other residents held similar views and urged the government and Taliban to address the issue at the earliest possible.
Meanwhile, Education Department spokesman Shahpur Arab told Pajhwok that all seminaries remained closed for the last four months under pressure from Taliban.
He said Taliban militants had asked all education officials, directors of seminaries and students not to attend classes and threatened them with death if they disobeyed.
Arab said the Education department has been trying through tribal elders to reopen the closed seminaries soon.
Security and Governance’s House officials refused to comment in this regard.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the issue and said pro-government lessons were taught to students at the seminars instead of Islamic education. He said the students could study in private seminaries.
According to the Education Department, around 3,040 students have been deprived of education since the closure of their seminaries in the province.