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Educators face pressure to give good marks to young fighters while others are swapping chalk for Kalashnikovs after lessons

Denmark has become the 64th country to join a rapidly expanding community of states committed to protecting education during armed conflict.

Education should not be an accepted or inevitable casualty of war.

Another concern was the high number of attacks on schools and teachers, especially the increase since 2015 of such attacks in indigenous communities.

Since the South Sudanese civil war began in December 2013, one in three schools have been attacked by armed forces, according to a recent report by the South Sudan Education Cluster.

‘‘Schools are left in ruins, some occupied by warring forces, death of innocent people is rampant,’’ Michael Lopuke, an undersecretary at the ministry of education, said in an e-mail.

A high school building was partially blown up and equipment of a mobile phone tower, which is yet to begin functioning, was set on fire by suspected Maoist operatives.

Teachers in the northern areas near Mali began receiving threats in January and were told to change their secular curriculum to Koranic education.

Britain’s Political Parties Should Endorse the Safe Schools Declaration