Seminar calls for changes in high school syllabus
KABUL CITY (PAN): Participants of a national seminar on reforms in education system on Monday called for changes in syllabus at high school level and simplifying recruitment process for education employees.
At the conclusion of the three-day seminar, Higher Education Minister Dr. Obaidullah Obaid read out a declaration that suggested those high school graduates should be given a chance to sit university entrance test having secured an average of 65 percent marks in previous exams at their schools over the past three years.
The declaration said recruitment process for education employees should be simplified and budget for the education ministry increased, keeping in views the sector’s needs.
The participants also asked the education ministry to simplify textbooks and divide ninth grade students into categories.
The declaration asked the higher education ministry to implement credit system in higher and semi-higher education institutes and create a separate examination committee.
It also asked the labour and social affairs ministry to devise a policy on human resources in order to provide work opportunities for the youth.
Higher Education Minister Dr. Obaidullah Obaid said a joint committee with education and labour ministries would be created to evaluate the recommendations floated by the seminar participants.
He said the recommendations would be implemented once evaluated by the proposed committee.
President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called for reforms in university entry test system to bring it at par with international standards.
The current entry test called Kankor was based on old methods that made it difficult for even talented student to pass, depriving them of higher education, Karzai told a three-day seminar on reforms in education system.
He said keeping in view the weaknesses in the exam system, he wanted it to be revised. Students should be divided into two major fields – science and arts – from class 9th like the education system during Mohammad Daud Khan’s era, Karzai said.
Students of engineering and medicine faculties should be taught in English, German or French because they would be able to study science books in those languages, the president said, adding that sending students to foreign countries for higher studies was another way to develop the country.
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