Massoud insists on e-university entrance test system
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday said the low level higher education’s curriculum created problems for the recruitment of newly-graduated university students.
During a meeting with Ministry of Higher Education officials here, Massoud asked the ministry to work on a new curriculum that met the current requirements.
“We can’t establish the position of our youth in the society with the current education system which is not a proper one. We haven’t done any research on the issue to make a policy to fulfill the current needs,” he said.
“There is a need to upgrade the quality of education system and bring changes to it,” he said. He said there was widespread corruption in the Kankor (university entrance test).
Massoud asked the Ministry of Higher Education to make the exam system electronic one in cooperation with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology in order to prevent corruption and interference of powerful men.
He said the ministries of higher education, education and social affairs should have strong coordination and should provide work opportunities to new graduates.
They had taken initial steps for reforms in the Higher Education Ministry especially with regard to the Kankor process by finalising the draft law on higher education, Higher Education Minister Farida Momand said.
She said the steps included encouraging private higher education institutes and establishing a monitoring committee
While confirming the old syllabus still taught at universities, she said efforts were underway to resolve the problem and they would prepare a specific plan in this regard in the near future.
They have been jointly working on a plan with the ministries of public works and social affairs, education and the Office of the Administrative Affairs to ensure a balance in creation and demand for jobs, the minister said.
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