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Wednesday March 23, 2016

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, while inaugurating the new academic year in Amani High School, said, “Ringing the bell of education is the sound of tranquility, stability and dynamism, a statement from his office said on Monday.
Congratulating the New School Year, the president vowed to do more for development of education sector, as the statement quoting him said the lands for residential unites expected to be distributed among the school teachers have been laid at the remote un-appropriated areas, the statement said. “The government is working on the new plan to help the related officials provide lands at appropriated areas in both the capital and provinces of the country for the school teachers,” said the president vowing to bring basic changes in the education sector to help beef up the quality.
The statement quoting the president went on as saying that the women’s partnership should be paid serious attention in the education ministry’s leadership and that the number of education ministry’s directorates would be reduced by even more than the half. He said the ministry of education was not a target, but a means to help raise the education quality, the statement quoted adding the current curriculum was hindrance before the quality education of the students and that the scholars, civil society entities and other related sectors’ role were too important in this respect. He thanked the international partners for providing cooperation with the Afghan education and asked all the related organs to create single opinion and programs from the short-term policies for safety of the ministry of education. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani blamed a failed sources’ management to have been behind corruption by the 450 school building development councils and said the ministry sources’ management should be a symbol of accountability and transparency across the country. According to the statement, a commission had been set to return the education ministry’s usurped lands and that the ministry of telecommunication had been asked to provide the entire schools’ with optical fiber and pave the way for the students to use the modern technology’s facilities.
The president was quoted by the statement as saying raise in the education quality was not only the responsibility of the ministry of education, but also of other social organs, the schoolchildren parents and the government. This year, special focus would be made on the education and the related ministries should play their roles in this field duly, the statement concluded. According to another report, a number of Pul-e-Charkhi incurable prisoners have been sent to their families, under a decree form the president. Four of eight prisoners medically reported to have been in critical health condition (incurable) have been handed over to their households, under a transparent commission, with the remaining four would be taken to their families after completing the guarantee letters’ process.
 

Saturday March 19, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Officials in the ministry of education said, ‘1,102,000 students will be registered in the country’s education in 1395 (Solar year).’ The spokesperson for the ministry of education, Mujib Mehrdad said, ‘The ministry of education plans to implement many programs such as, improvement in learning quality, building of schools, establishment of literacy courses and other related sections at the new academic year.’ The ministry of education is making effort to provide many facilities to students, Mehrdad further said. Fortunately, in 1395, 1,102,000 students will be registered in the country’s education system, out of which 41 percent of them are females, that 450,000 in general educations, 56,000 in Islamic section, 35,000 in teaching training and 61,000 in professional education will be registered, Mehrdad added. The ministry intends to establish 590 schools in 1395, meanwhile, 415 primary and intermediate schools will be built, and 208 primary and intermediate schools will improve to high schools, Mehrdad continued.
It should be mentioned that in regard with literacy courses, 517,000 students will be registered in 20,700 literacy courses throughout the country in the new academic year, out of which 60 percent of them are included of female section, Mehrdad went on to say. Regarding village classes to those who were far from the schools, Mehrdad said, ‘Since long, one of the problems exist in the villages of the country is unacceptable traditions of the people, as the girls are not allowed to go to schools.’ The ministry intends to establish 460 village classes near their houses so they easily access to education, Mehrdad added. Concerning new classes, the ministry of education considers constructing 780 new classes in all-over the country, because one of our serious problems is lack of education places that unfortunately, still 50 percent of the schools don’t have buildings, Mehrdad further said. In previous years, one of the main challenges of the ministry of education was lack of teachers.
In this respect Mehrdad said, ‘Each year, the ministry of education needs 5,000 teachers, but unfortunately, the ministry of finance has not given us any posts since three years, so, we expect the president to meet this issue and take a decision’. Replying to a question on infrastructural programs, Mehrdad said, ‘The ministry of education is also making efforts in infrastructural sector and we plan on some development projects as well as in the new academic year, most of the schools will own buildings but not all of them.’ Another issue which has recently been published and broadcasted through audiovisual media is existence of imaginary teachers and schools and the ministry’s spokesperson said , ‘Our investigations in regard with this issue is continuing, and we strive to specify the exact number of imaginary schools and teachers and at the end, the result will be announced to our countrymen through media.’ On inactive schools throughout the country, Mehrdad said, ‘Currently, there are 700 inactive schools in the country, and the reason behind this is insecurity, but we are making effort to do our best to reopen the schools.’
Tribal elders, schools’ councils and Ulama play important role in this respect, Mehrdad further said. It is worth mentioning that insecurity is a main challenge not only to the ministry of education but in all sectors, we hope this problem to be solved in the future, Mehrdad added. Calling lack of substandard schools, lack of professional teachers, insecurities and lack of posts as the biggest challenges ahead of the ministry of education, Mehrdad said, ‘We should improve our teachers and beef up their capacities. Besides, the school buildings should be standardized, because, maintaining good educational atmosphere can be very important and effective to students.’ At the end, Mehrdad wished the new academic year to be full of happiness to the people of Afghanistan, adding ‘My message to the parents is to let their children to go to schools and don’t deprive them of getting education, because Afghanistan needs to a bright future and this will be fulfilled through knowledge and education.’ 
 

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Around 10,000 youth have been facilitated to get admission in private higher education institutes, this was stated by Dr. Kamal Sadat, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Youth Affairs here yesterday, BNA reported.
After inking agreements, Dr. Kamal said those youth who have economic problems and cannot get admission in higher education institutes should approach the youth affairs directorate and enjoy the facilities and discounts to continue their education. Even some students can get higher education free of charge, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Khawja Mohammad Shafiq, an official of higher education ministry appreciated the youth affairs directorate for the initiative as very important for getting higher education. Ahmad Shah Sangdel, the rector of Dunya University in his address reported establishment of new television channel Peshgam, saying it is utterly different from other television channels and is an educational television.
 

Tuesday March 15, 2016
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chairing a meeting reviewed the activities of the Ministry of Education, a presidential statement said, adding that the ministry’s leading body presented reports on progress and activities to President. Minister of Education, Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi spoke related to spelling correction prior to publishing and distribution of the books as well as implementation of reform process in the said ministry. In the meeting, Minister of Urban Development, Sayed Sadaat Mansoor Naderi, briefed the participants on building of townships to teachers in some provinces of the country with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani instructing to be extended across the country. The president instructed the leading body of the ministry to prepare a draft on the activities of the deputy ministries and other wards, so that considering their works, reforms to be implemented and parallel directorates as well as deputy ministries would be revealed. The president also emphasized on implementation of basic reforms in recruitment of the school teachers, saying that through which confidence would grow on the process and capacity building programs are needed to be organized. The president also instructed the local police chief headquarters to help the ministry return back the usurped lands, adding that all law related to Ministry of Education need cabinet’s approval which will be prioritized in the upcoming sessions. The president also said that no politics are acceptable in the ministry, adding that it should be an educational and academic institution. “I and the Ministry of Education’s officials are responsible before the families of the students”, the president concluded.

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