Listen Live
    Afghan schoolgirls clad in burqas pay attention to their male teacher in the outskirts of Herat province on June 26, 2011

    Some Schools in Afghanistan's Herat Built With US Funds Lack Water, Electricity

    © AFP 2019 / Aref Karimi
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    104

    Several schools that were built by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Herat lack basic needs including electricity and clean water, and have structural deficiencies that are affecting the delivery of education, according to a letter to the agency from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — An audit of 25 schools in eastern Afghanistan’s Herat province that were either built or rebuilt by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), suffered from high absenteeism and a lack of electricity and water, according to a letter to the agency from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, released Thursday.

    The letter cited possible problems with student and teacher attendance and recommended further investigation by the Afghan government.

    "We also observed that several schools we visited in Herat lack basic needs including electricity and clean water, and have structural deficiencies that are affecting the delivery of education," Sopko’s letter stated.

    Given a chance to respond, USAID said it had turned the schools over to Afghanistan’s Education Ministry, the letter explained. The agency also warned that a single, one- or two-hour visit may not offer a clear picture of attendance because the schools operate with three shifts.

    Otherwise, USAID will notify the Afghan ministry of physical and structural problems detected by auditors, the letter said.

    Related:

    Revised US Strategy in Afghanistan Can’t Win War - Ex-USAID Adviser
    Senator Says USAID Contracting in Afghanistan Threatens National Security
    US Considering Arming Syrian Rebels, Evoking 'Afghanistan Scenario'
    Corruption in Afghanistan Has Become 'Unbeatable Force' Since 2001 US Invasion
    Tags:
    USAID, John Sopko, Afghanistan, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik