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Karzai assails private sector for low quality education

Karzai assails private sector for low quality education

Mar 23, 2011 - 19:20

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday criticised the private sector for providing low quality educationinfo-icon and asked the education ministry to seriously look into the issue.

“Private sector educational institutions are on every street of the country, with most of them providing a low quality of education,” Karzai told a gathering to mark the new academic year that began on Wednesday

Official sources say there are 450 private schools and 36 higher education centres across the country.

Karzai said the private sector was of high standard in other countries, but in Afghanistaninfo-icon such institutions were only interested in making money. "I would like to tell these people to invest their money in something else and to stop deceiving the country's off spring.”

Karzai asked the higher education and education ministries to take serious measures to monitoring private educational institutions.

The president also called for efforts to improve the quality of education at public schools.

Education ministry spokesman, Abdul Ghafoor Zafarani, confirmed the problems in private schools, saying they had stepped up monitoring.

"The number of private schools throughout the country is 450, with 120 in Kabul alone," he said.

Abdul Karim Sorosh, an official at the higher education ministry, said an unsuitable study environmentinfo-icon, lack of professional teachers and high fees were the problems facing students at private educational institutions.


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