36,000 police set to complete literacy course
Of the 150,000-strong police force members, 52,000 are illiterate, they said, adding a top priority of the ministry was to train and educate the uneducated officials.
The illiterate policemen were facing several training problems and that was why the ministry had prioritised training them, said the training department head, Mujtaba Patang.
In an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, he said the educated policemen, who were able to learn professional tactics quickly, had already graduated from the courses and deployed to provinces.
With a view to enable police to better understand their core professional tasks, educating them was vital, he said. People also say educated policemen treat them more politely, according to the official.
Illiteracy was not only a problem for the people, but also for the police, said Ghulam Mohammad, 35. "The illiterate cannot discharge their duty in a satisfactory way. Unawareness about rules is the main reason for their rude behaviour."
Currently, there were no specific conditions in terms of qualifications for police recruitment, he said.
Last year, more than 2,000 policemen were arrested on charges of mistreating the people, said the ministry spokesman, Ghulam Siddique Siddiqui. "Police curriculum also includes awareness about humanitarian values."
Abdul Hamid, a policeman who completed the literacy course, believed educated policemen could better deal with the general public.
"I feel embarrassed asking drivers for their documents and I cannot read them," said an illiterate policeman in the Deh Afghanan area. Asking not to be named, he acknowledged illiteracy among policemen could create problems for them and the people.
Since the literacy programme was launched last year, 5,100 policemen have been educated so far, said the deputy spokesman for the ministry, Najibullah Nekzad.
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