Idlib schools received 390 thousand students in 2018 despite difficulties
Idlib - SMART
Schools in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, received more than 390 thousand students in 2018, a 10 percent increase compared to 2017, amidst educational difficulties including the lack of financial support.
Mohsen al-Hussein, the Free Idlib Educational Directorate's associate director, reported that 1,200 schools in Idlib received 53 thousand internally displaced students from other governorates in 2018. More than 20 thousand students submitted to the preparatory and high school exams in 2018, according to al-Hussein.
Al-Hussein added that the lack of support from humanitarian organizations challenge the continuation of education in Idlib. 3,400 employees, including teachers and administrative staff, work on a volunteer basis and do not receive salaries.
Al-Hussein also said that the increasing number of students aggravated the need for school equipment including books, stationery, desks, and classroom heating. Moreover, the schools in Idlib are in need of renovation and repairs.
The Syrian government and Russian bombings on Idlib destroyed 230 schools and partially damaged more that 740 schools, according to al-Hussein.
Education in opposition-controlled areas faces several challenges, including continuous bombings, displacement, lack of funding and support, and the intervention of military factions.