Karzai calls lack of education major problem
"The history is witness to the bravery of Afghans, but the fact remains, they failed to get education due to decades of war," Karzai told a graduation ceremony of teachers at a teacher training centre in Kabul.
As many 20,000 teachers graduated from a training course, increasing the number of professional teachers across the country to 36 percent from the previous 30 percent.
Karzai asked parents to send their children to schools as they were the future of the country.
The government spent about $5 million (226,300,000 afghanis) per annum by sending Afghans students for higher education abroad, the president said, revealing the amount would be doubled for next year.
Karzai also renewed his call for militants not to create obstacles for students.
"You (militants) destroyed schools over the past ten years, no problem. It is not too late to stop such actions in future and let children to get knowledge, if you want foreigners to leave," the president said.
He asked the education and the higher education ministries to intensify their efforts at sending more students abroad for higher studies.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Education welcomed a statement by Taliban fighters that they were not involved in burning schools and threatening students in the country.
"It is encouraging that the Taliban say they don’t burn schools. It will enable the education ministry to achieve its targets set for the new year," the ministry said in a statement.
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