Sunday, May 29, 2016
Kabul (BNA) National literacy committee’s session was held yesterday under the chairmanship of second vice president and head of the committee Sarwar Danesh. In the session, second vice president while pointing to verdict of the country’s constitution considered literacy as one of Afghanistan government’s key responsibilities, saying that the government’s this responsibility has been clearly mentioned in education law. Afterwards, minister of education reported the session related to expansion of literacy programs of other government institutions for employees deprived of literacy. Based on the report of the education ministry for literacy programs and counter illiteracy, MoU been signed between education ministry and ministries of women affairs, Hajj and national radio and television of Afghanistan and similar MoUs will be signed with other government institutions in future.
In the session, the committee decided that all government institutions should be asked to deliver their working repot related to literacy programs for those illiterate employees and personnel who working in government organs to the next session of the committee. According to another report, second vice president Sarwar Danesh met yesterday with representatives of ayatollah al-Uzma Mohammad Ishaq Fayaz.
Saturday May 21, 2016
Kabul (BNA) In pursuance of India’s long-standing support to Habibia School in Kabul, government of India has decided to grant financial assistance of US$ 1,000,000 to Habibia High School over a period of 10 years, a press release from Indian embassy in Kabul stated, adding that the funds so granted shall be broadly utilized for replacement of electricity transformers and related works, immediate civil repairs, modernization programmer and annual routine maintenance. According to the embassy, to administer this assistance efficiently and in a transparent manner, a Memorandum of Understand was signed on 18 May 2016 between Embassy of India in Kabul, Afghan Ministry of Education, and Habibia High School. The MoU reached by Indian ambassador Manpreet Vohra, Assadullah Hanif Balkhi, Minister of Education and Sayed Shah Lala Bakawly, Principal of Habibia School. “Under this assistance, electrical works including replacement of two transformers have already commenced and civil works are expected to commence soon. These initial works of immediate nature will cost approx. US$ 150,000 during the subsequent 09 (Nine) years, an amount of US$ 60,000 would be released each year to Habibia High School for annual routine maintenance. The balance amount of US$ 310,000 will be utilized for modernization programmer, teacher’ training up gradation School labs and equipment,” the press release further added. The School was renovated with the assistance of Government of India during December 2003-March 2006. The renovated school building was inaugurated jointly by former president Hamid Karzai, and former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on August 28, 2005. Since then, India has been assisting Habibia School by way of repair and maintenance, up gradation of labs and training of teachers. Habibia High School, one of the largest and most reputed schools in Afghanistan, was established in 1904 by King Habibullah. An Indian, Dr. Abdul Ghani was the school’s first Principal. Many prominent Afghan personalities have graduated from the school including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and former President Hamid Karzai.
Thursday May 19, 2016
Jalalabad City (BNA) At a cost of 8,000,000 Afg. a school building was inaugurated in Goshta district, eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani in-charge of press office in Nangarhar said BNA, the school building has eight classrooms, five administrative rooms, 258 meters of protection wall and 220 chairs.
The school building has been completed with financial assistance of World Bank budget in the district.
With implementation of the school building the problems of 600 girl and boy students regarding education services have been settled.
Saturday April 30, 2016
Kabul (BNA) On March 20, the bell of schools was rung by President Ashraf Ghani.
In his speech, the president talked on the quality of education as saying education was not a goal but a means and emphasized on quality promotion of education in the country. Spokesman of the MoE Mujeeb Mehrdad said, “Before everything, I would like to congratulate the advent of 1395 year to all countrymen, teachers, students and professionals of education. He added, every year, the MoE enrolls large number of eligible children and in 1395 we enrolled over 11 million children. Due to certain problems, over 700 schools were closed in 1394. We are concerned that this figure may not increase this year. Despite of our efforts, even in the capital Kabul several schools lack buildings and students are accommodating in tents.
He went on to say, our main problem is lack of sufficient budget to print text books. These textbooks were sent to 11 provinces and this process will continue to other provinces, talking on the sample schools one for boys and the next for girls.
We intend to extend this to all provinces with the cooperation of the friendly country of Turkey and we have started in five provinces. These schools will be equipped with all essential materials. Top students will be enrolled in these schools through examination. We plan to supply laboratories for over 200 schools and supply Lap Top computers with the cooperation of the MoCIT. He added, “In 1395, we plan to send 400 students to Tajikistan and India for learning of technical and vocational education. One of our basic problems is lack of skilled and professional teachers. Every year, we employ 5000-10000 professional teachers according to our budget capacity. We have announced vacant positions and examination is going on, because increase of students requires new teachers. But, we have a problem, he said, “After examination, some employed teachers don’t attend job and their position remain vacant. So, we have to employ contract based teachers.