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Wardak spells out new academic year's strategy

Wardak spells out new academic year's strategy

Mar 23, 2011 - 19:26

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): More than 700,000 new students will be enrolled in schools and about 10,000 new teachers hired during the new academic year that started on Wednesday, the educationinfo-icon minister said.

The fresh enrolment will take the number of students to about 8.3 million across the country and of teachers to 190,000, Gulam Farooq Wardak, told reporters of his ministry new year's plan.

"This new year, about 1,000 new education institutes will be established and 600 primary schools will be upgraded to middle and 400 middle schools to high," the education minister said.

About 107 new buildings for schools and literacy training centres are being constructed this year, in addition to the construction of 5,300 seminaries, he said.

Wardak also said 50,000 teachers will be allotted land plots during the year. However, he did not provide further details in this connection.

Up to 200 districts of 412 in the country lacked high schools for girls and in 245 districts, schools had no professional teachers, he said.

Half of schools across the country are operating without having proper buildings, and 200,000 children have been deprived of education mostly due to closure of 450 schools, the minister said, adding efforts are in place to resolve these problems.

Wardak hoped 450 closed schools would be reopened this year and new schools would be constructed in areas where children had no access to education.

He urged the Talibaninfo-icon not to burn and close schools and sought cooperation of countrymen, scholars and government officials in brining improvement to the education system.


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