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Kandahar students no more without books: official

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KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Primary schoolchildren have been without text books in southern Kandahar province over the past six years, a problem now stands resolved, an official said on Monday.
Kandahar Education Director Abdul Qaad Paiwastoon told Pajhwok Afghan News that primary school students had lacked text books for the last six years and, as a result, the education process there had been slowed.
He said the textbook shortage issue was resolved as summer vacations ended and the new academic year began in Kandahar.
Paiwastoon said the Ministry of Education had provided 932,000 books for primary schools in Kandahar and the books would be delivered to students soon.
High school students did not face a shortage of books, he said, adding that in the past the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other donor organisations had assisted students by providing them with stationery materials. However, the aid had decreased now, making it difficult for the education department to address all such issues.
Paiwastoon said the Kandahar education department was trying to appoint high school graduates as primary schoolteachers.
His deputy Ewaz Nazari said they planned to set up libraries in 40 schools of the province at a cost five million afghanis, with each library containing 1,000 books.

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