A PLECKGATE history teacher will return to the classroom after spending three months in Afghanistan.

Adam Gagan, 27, has been in the country's capital Kabul with the Territorial Army, helping full-time squaddies with peacekeeping operations.

He helped build a modern gym at the army base and took part in foot patrols around the city.

Mr Gagan has been with the Territorial Army for five years.

He said: "Kabul was a fascinating place but it was very warm and the pollution horrible. The air quality is about eight times worse than London.

"They throw all their waste into the street where it dries and turns to dust, then everyone breathes in that dust.

"Kabul is also about 6,000ft above sea level, so it's very difficult to breathe at the best of times."

Despite all the imperfections, Mr Gagan said he enjoyed what was a very valuable experience and is looking forward to getting back in the classroom.

He will be back in school for the start of the new term.