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Private schools: Covid-19 renders thousands jobless

Private schools: Covid-19 renders thousands jobless

Jul 12, 2020 - 20:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Around 55,000 people lost their jobs as a result of the closure of 2,500 private schools nation-wide.

The government also closed all schools for at least three months to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus in the country.

The Government Committee for Combating Coronavirus delayed the opening of schools for nearly one more month and will make a decision in this regard in early August.

The Afghanistaninfo-icon Private Schools Association on Sunday said 55,000 individuals directly lost their jobs due to the closure of 2,500 schools and also affected other activities concerning educationinfo-icon.

Syed Dawod Bawar, the association head, said private schools and universities were not for business purpose as these institutions came into existence after the government failed to accommodate all students in public sector schools.

He said President Ghani and the Higher Education Ministry had pledged to provide free internet for online teaching --- a promise which remains unfulfilled.

He added: “The Ministry of Education had no plan but we were able to impart education to hundreds through video clips. Our program was for three months, but we were not supported.”

He alleged the government would keep schools closed even after the end of quarantine in order to attract funds from the international community.

Sanjar Khalid, another member of the association, demanded opening of schools and added quarantine period had ended.

He said if the government was unable to reopen schools, the private sector was ready to reopen schools with pre-cautionary measures in place.

Syed Navid Amiri, another member of the association, said business centres, parks, transport and other places had opened while only schools were shut.



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