21 August 2017

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  In a conference held on “Reforms in Higher Education System’, the president’s special representative on reforms and good governance, Ahmad Zia Massoud said higher education institutes can bring positive changes in the society, BNA reported.
According to the agency, at the outset, the president’s special envoy advisor on cultural and media affairs, Asarul Haq Hakimi briefed about their activities, adding since its establishment, office of the presient’s special envoy could attain achieves in related affairs.
Calling relations among government, youth and civil entities important, Zia Masoud said we wouldn’t face growth and development in the society unless positive cultural changes were created, BNA added.
During the conference, Massoud said continued war, insecurity and ruling traditional culture have caused political instability in the country and we could only overcome these challenges by education, the agency continued.
The conference was attended also attended by the minister of higher educations, Dr. Farida Momand, representatives of other ministries and government administrations, teachers, scholars, rectors of government and private universities and a number of university students. 

Monday, April 10, 2017
Kabul (BNA)   The Laws Committee with second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh on the chair approved the regulation of the civil scholarships here yesterday, a statement from the VP office said yesterday.
Addressing the session, the second vice president and chairman of the Laws of Committee called such regulation effective for bringing transparency and justice in distribution of the scholarships.
Mohammad Sarwar Danesh called upon the ministries to consider meritocracy and legal aspects in distribution of the scholarships, so the qualified candidates to be benefited.
Meanwhile after detailed discussions of the members of the session, the regulation on distribution of the scholarship was approved, instructing the Ministry of Justice to consider proposed amendments and present it to the cabinet meeting, the statement from VP office added.
The regulation on civil scholarships was approved within 6 chapters and 35 articles, aiming to bring transparency in distribution of the scholarships, build capacities of the professional cadres and coordination among different organs.

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Kabul (BNA) in a meeting with elders and representatives of Kamdish district of Nuristan province, the district’s security situation and other problems discussed, a statement from Chief Executive Office said yesterday.
According to the statement, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said ensuring security was government’s top priority, adding would instruct the security officials to spare no effort in ensuring security across Nuristan province.
Elders and representatives of Kmdish district enumerate series of their problems, saying all routes connecting to the districts have been facing serious security challenges.  They also asked Dr. Abdullah to pay attention to education in the district and grant scholarships for them.
Dr. Abdullah vowed to address their problems, adding their security problem should be discussed in National Security Council meeting.  He also promised to personally make efforts in providing education and scholarships to people of Kamdish district, the statement added. 

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for higher education said to prevent frauds in Kankor examination, they would execute different programs to improve higher education quality and ensure transparency in entry exam.
Dr. Faisal Amin, the spokesperson to MoHE told that as you know, the ministry has taken necessary measures for Kankor exam as we could implement the biometric issue, through which the new university students would be provided with a range of facilities. “We have considered an IDNo and a notebook for any applicant and we intend to implement standard specifications to guarantee transparency of Kankor exam,” he further said. He also said there were totally 300000 eligible to be enrolled in universities, but we have only the capacity to enroll 60000 students in the government universities and 60000 in private higher New plans underway to improve higher education quality, entry exam transparency, MoHE education institutes. About those failed in Kankor test, he said the ministry has decided to specify a level to those include failed and successful, it means we won’t have any result-less this year. We have always stressed that the irresponsible people should not interfere in Kankor process in which fortunately, President Ghani in a meeting with officials of the ministry for higher education promised he won’t allow anyone interfere in the process, he went on to say.
Dr. Amin, the MoHE spokesperson said we would enroll over 5000 this year. Last year, we had 87 percent successful and 13 percent failed and we are making effort to keep the figure for this year as well, he continued. He assured the people of Afghanistan that the university entry tests would be held transparently this year. On universities and their lecturers’ figure, he said there were 36 government universities and almost 128 private higher education institutes throughout the country. “We have 5800 teachers in the government universities and 3400 teachers in private higher education institutes,” he added. On university students graduated last year, we had 30 thousands university graduates last year and we hope the figure rises this year. Likewise, he added we are making effort to institutionalize quality principle in universities and increase the standards so to increase the people trust to the government and private universities. One of our main challenges is bringing electronic devices by students, he said, adding now, the Kankor test method has been changed, because, we want to prevent frauds during entry tests. At the end, he said the ministry of higher education was making effort to increase the number of students in academic and higher education institutes so to have a high-quality higher education system in the country.
Suraya Raiszada

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