Teachers’ capacity to be enhanced: minister
Assadullah Hanif Balkhi, presenting his ministry’s first 100-day plan, told journalists in Kabul the plan prioritised publishing school books inside the country, completing unfinished buildings of schools, enhancing the capacity of teachers, fighting graft and development of technical skills.
Balkhi said three million children lacked access to education, saying his ministry had many achievements in terms quantity, but quality needed to be improved.
He said challenges hindering efforts at distributing textbooks, hiring professional teachers and constructing school buildings would be reversed.
The minister warned private construction companies against unnecessary delay in completion of school buildings, misappropriating funds and going against their contracts.
Balkhi noted 50 percent of schools in the country did not have buildings and some under construction buildings were yet to be completed. It was his priority to find out why these projects had not been completed.
He insisted the quality of education was of utmost importance, without which there would be more students and fewer literates.
Balkhi said the education ministry also planned to build a technical and professional institute in each province to help students avail better employment opportunities. “These training centres would tackle the problem of unemployment among our youth.”
According to Balkhi, the education ministry was planning to acquire the allocated funds from donors and publish quality books inside the country with the help of private sector.
The minister insisted on transparency, saying corruption and other illegal activities would have no place in the ministry.
He said evaluation of other departments that worked outside the framework of his ministry had been started and any parallel departments would not be allowed to function.
About the expanding strike of schoolteachers, the minister said their problems would be resolved soon.
“Teachers say the civil service law and article 22 of the constitution should be amended and plots be distributed to them,” he noted, adding that he would try to resolve the problems in his first 100-days in office.
He said the ministry planned to provide masters scholarships to 300 teachers as 50 percent of teachers lacked higher education. “With different programmes, we will enhance their capacity.”
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