About 100 teachers, education officials killed in Afghanistan

About 100 teachers, education officials killed in Afghanistan
# 10 August 2013 21:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education has announced that about 100 teachers and education officials have been killed in the country since the beginning of the current Afghan calendar year (started March 21), APA reports quoting Press TV.

Amanullah Aiman, an Education Ministry spokesman, said on Saturday that militant attacks on education officials have soared sharply over the past few months.

He further noted that education officials are mostly targeted in crossfire, roadside bombings and targeted killings.

Aiman said militants are trying to instill fear in students, teachers and education employees through assassination of education employees across the country.

The education ministry spokesman also added that opponents of education in Afghanistan are exploring new tactics after they failed to achieve satisfactory results through burning schools and poisoning students.

Reflecting their Saudi-based Wahhabi beliefs, suspected Taliban-linked militants have been trying to ban education, especially for girls, in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.

During the last several years alone, the militants have shut down, blown up or torched hundreds of schools across the region.

Due to the ongoing violence, the number of girls and boys enrolled in schools has dramatically dropped.