Education Ministry has shortcomings, says Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Education (MoE) to define its basic duties within a few weeks and reveal the exact number of schools and literate people in the country.
Ghani expressed these views at a gathering that marked the International Literacy Day here, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The president said education was imperative for future advancement and without education people could not understand religious teachings and civilizations.
“Two years back, I visited a police training centre in Maidan Wardak where 50 percent police officials had attended school up to 5th class and the remaining were illiterates.”
He said the MoE had some weaknesses that gave birth to such issues and the ministry should work to resolve these issues in order to improve education.
He told the education ministry officials: “You have several networks for investigation, but you don’t have a single network to manage the overall work. You have more than 70 departments across the country, but no proper management to produce results.”
He lamented the distribution of textbooks was still an issue and advised the books should be compiled according to the mental level of students so that they could understand the text.
At the end of his speech, the president thanked international partners supporting the education system of the country. He said during Taliban regime, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) was indeed the education ministry.
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