Spec­tre of ‘ghost schools’ in Afghanistan doesn’t seem to spook Canada

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCIAL -

Cana­dian of­fi­cials are shrug­ging off U.S. con­cerns that school en­rol­ment num­bers in Afghanistan — one of the most tan­gi­ble in­di­ca­tors of the im­pact of mil­lions in aid spend­ing — may have been in­flated or fal­si­fied out­right. The Amer­i­can agency that over­sees Afghan aid spend­ing or­dered a re­view of en­rol­ment data af­ter Afghanistan’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter im­plied the num­bers are mis­lead­ing and that money may have been spent on so-called “ghost schools” that don’t even ex­ist. “These al­le­ga­tions sug­gest that U.S. and other donors may have paid for schools that stu­dents do not at­tend and for the salaries of teach­ers who do not teach,” John Sopko, the spe­cial in­spec­tor gen­eral for Afghanistan re­con­struc­tion, wrote in a let­ter to the USAID.

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