Principals of some private schools in Ghazni province have complained about the poor condition of their schools in the last three months.
The officials at private schools on Friday called Hasht-e Subh Daily to express concern over the poor condition of private schools in Ghazni. They explained the situation as worrying after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
“Simultaneously with the August 15 incident, in addition to all the unrest that took place, the education sector, especially the private schools in Ghazni were damaged in some way,” the principal of a private school in Ghazni, on condition of anonymity, told Hasht-e Subh.
“Many students have either dropped out of school and immigrated to neighboring countries or shifted to public schools.”
“Private schools are not in good condition either in Ghazni city or any other province,” said Sayed Hossain Sajjadi, Bahr al-Ulum private school’s principal in Ghazni. He attributed the unrest to the Covid-19 quarantine and the extreme poverty of families. “Unemployment and poverty in families have made it difficult for parents to pay their children’s dues on time,” he added.
According to Mr. Sajjadi, about 25 to 30 percent of students at Bahr al-Ulum private school have either dropped out of school or shifted to public schools.
In response to what is the solution to get out of the current situation, Sajjadi said, “The Ministry of Education and other school-related departments can help private schools in the current critical situation by easing the issuance of activity licenses and tax cuts.
Sulaiman Jafari (a pseudonym), who teaches science at a private school in Ghazni, says the situation of private schools in the city is worrying. “After the recent developments, about 50% of students at private schools have dropped out of school,” he said. “Among the number of students in the classroom, the motivation to effectively learn has declined dramatically.”
“In the 11th grade, I had about 16 students,” said Jafari. “And in the exams, 14 of my students received excellent grades. Unfortunately, only a small number of students will attend the annual exam this year, and almost all of them need help to get a passing grade.”
The teacher claims that he used to receive a monthly wage of 6,500 afghanis, but now earns about 4,500 afghanis. However, there has been a significant increase in the price of raw materials and supplies.
Mr. Sultanzoi, President of the Ghazni Private Schools Association, described the residents and citizens of Ghazni province as science-loving. He believes that student seats will not be vacant and private schools will continue to operate.
Mawlawi Abu Omar, the director of education in Ghazni, admits a series of problems in schools. He believes that the people are hopeful for the future after the Taliban-led government takes office. He attributes the decline in the number of students in private schools to the fact that people want their children to attend public schools without paying a fee.
He assures that education officials will in the future establish a standard for tax collection from private schools and those schools will be supported.
However, in recent years, the number of private schools in Ghazni has increased significantly, with 95 private schools licensed in the province so far. The multiplicity of private schools provided the basis for constructive competition between these schools. Now, however, the recession in these schools could be a serious warning of the collapse of the private schools.