22 September 2018

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Officials to Ministry of Education (MoE) say for improvement and better education quality new education programs and better plans are underway in current education year of 1397.
In an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times correspondent, Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, head of publications and media of MoE said: “You know that each country requires to improve its education quality. Therefore, the ministry of education plans to implement its five-year working plan prepared by the ministry for improvement of education quality in the country. Based on the plan, all school teachers will be professional, all students will have access to textbooks, education curriculum will be amended and a sound education management free of corruption will be created.”
In connection with schools that have no buildings yet, Haqmal said although ministry of education has made lots of efforts towards construction of standard buildings for schools across the country, unfortunately there were still a number of schools that lack standard buildings. He assured that MoE was determined to construct 6,000 schools in coming two years across the country.
Haqmal also stressed that nearly 8,000 teachers would be appointed in first phase and 18,000 others would be appointed in second phase in current solar year, adding that nearly 27 new provincial directors of education have been recently appointed and would soon start their work in provinces and the process would be implemented in all provinces of the country.
Related to prevention from corruption in ministry of education, the MoE official said: “Work on reforms in the ministry is underway as a committee has been tasked to identify all aspects of corruption within the ministry and education departments in capital and provinces of the country so corruption can be prevented.”
It was said that a large number of schools were remain closed in different parts of the country. For reopening of schools that were kept closed last year, Haqmal said that with close cooperation of elders and dignitaries, the ministry of education reopened a number of schools in various provinces in 1396 and the process would continue in current year, adding that civil society activists have promised that they would launch home to home campaign for reopening of closed schools across the country.
He hoped that no schools would remain closed anymore in the country.
Pointing that ministry of education has distributed lands to nearly 85,000 teachers so far, head of publications and media said the country’s President on first day of the education year in Kabul instructed ministry of urban development and independent land authority to prepare a plan based on which how many teachers should be granted with residential lands and apartments.
He also asserted that lack of textbooks would be soon addressed as ministry of education was working on publishing and distributing nearly 50 million textbooks. He enumerated security and lack of budget as challenges and problems facing ministry of education

Monday, March 26, 2018 Mahmoodraqi (BNA) School building for boys was inaugurated in Kohistan District, Kapisa province yesterday. Abdul Halim Ayar education head of Kapisa told BNA correspondent, the school has been constructed with the financial assistance of India at the cost of more than 8 million Afghani. Ayar added, the school has eight classrooms and other necessary facilities, and accommodated 500 students in a time. T. Yarzada

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) “I would like to call upon my nation to discharge their religious duty for donating land to schools, as they did for construction of 160,000 Masjids in Afghanistan,” President Ghani
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke to a number of teachers and students from different provinces of the country through a video conference here yesterday, a presidential statement said.
Meanwhile representing the teachers and students of Jawzjan and Nangarhar provinces, two people briefed the president on lack of school buildings and that president assured them of addressing their problems, the statement added.
Afterward the president attended a ceremony in Amani high school and rang the bell to start the new school year of 1397. The president also visited an exhibition of students’ innovations and praised their works.
Addressing the event to mark the start of the 1397 school year, the president said 6,000 school buildings will be built within the next two years, adding $200 million USD has been allocated for this plan.
According to president, quality of education was very low and 50 percent of schools in Afghanistan were without buildings, 3.5 million children were deprived of education and at least 1,000 schools have remained closed across the country.
“The practical steps for reformation in education sector to be taken by me, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah and Ustad Danesh,” the president said, adding recruitments would not take place sans open competition and the existed corruption in the process to be removed.
“I have approved 8000 vacant posts which the recruitment took place through the Civil Services and Reforms Commission and Ministry of Education with increasing participation of women.
I will approve another 18000 vacant posts in the ongoing year,” the president noted.
The president went on saying that has approved another 3000 contract-based posts to encourage women in education sector, where according to him 2500 teachers were employed and the number of posts to increase by 6000 in the ongoing year. Instructing the Ministry of education, local organs, land authority and governors to provide land for those schools lacking buildings, the president said the ministry of education could receive 1330 acres of land through people’s support across the country in the past. “I would like to thank and praise my nation for their unique works for education in the country.”
“I would like to call upon my nation to discharge their religious duty for donating land to schools, as they did for construction of 160,000 Masjids in Afghanistan,” the president added.
The president said books were being published to 30 percent of students previously, adding the percentage has now been increased to hundred percent and a transparent distribution mechanism has also been established for it. “For the first time, books were published for Madrassas and Dar-ul-Uloom which will be handed over to our religious scholars,” the president said. Directing relevant government institutions to overcome the problems faced by education and schools across the country, the president vowed to improve women’s role in the Education Ministry’s leadership.
“I have instructed the Ministry of Education to establish initiative fund for talented youth. Government has already distributed medals to praise the works of students, teachers and education supports and the process would be going on,” the president added.
Concluding his remarks, the president asked teachers to take active part in election and peace processes and raise awareness among the people.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To reduce illiteracy rate, 11 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were signed at the presence of second vice president Sarwar Danesh, between deputy ministry for literacy and eleven ministries as well as high government administrations, BNA reported on Saturday.
The ceremony held at Gulkhana Palace and attended by second vice president Sarwar Danesh, ministers of education, higher education, health and acting minister of commerce and industries, deputy minister of education for literacy and some other deputy ministers, according to the agency.
Expressing glad over efforts made by ministry of education particularly the deputy ministry on literacy for implementation of national mobilization proposal to reduce illiteracy rate, second VP Danesh said the deputy ministry for literacy has been witnessed visible achievements on reducing illiteracy rate in current year.
Second vice president Danesh hoped besides signing agreements with government administrations and private sector, the executive mechanisms of these agreements to be properly applied by deputy ministry for literacy, BNA added.
Dr. Ibrahim Shinwari, acting minister of education said his ministry would make further efforts to implement these agreements.

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