'Ghost schools' in Afghanistan cause fear for the US

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It recently became evident that "ghost schools" may be more prominent than we thought in Afghanistan, causing the U.S. to fret about coming across similar issues.

"Ghost schools" refers to false enrollment numbers, and more specifically, schools that don't actually exist. Enrollment numbers are crucial beause they are the most tangible factor in determining the impact of millions of dollars of aid in US spending. With false enrollment number comes falsely directed aid from the U.S.

While the U.S. is concerned about these "ghost schools" and funds going to the wrong places, Canada seems to be disregarding the issue entirely, shrugging it off without any concern.

A special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction wrote in a letter to the US Agency for International Development (USAID):



While there is no hard and direct evidence of corruption or fraud, this important issue is continuously being looked into.

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