Abdullah orders probe into Afghan students’ complaint
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday directed the authorities concerned to address problems being faced by Afghan students in Turkey.
Few days back, the Afghan students in Turkey complained they were facing many issues including financial problem and the scholarship money they received from the Afghan government was insufficient and often delayed.
The students issued a statement that said the Ministry of Higher Education had been sluggish in providing them $300 dollars per month for personal expenses, health insurance and $100 for books since 2012 when they first arrived in Turkey for education.
But the CEO office said the issue was discussed at Monday’s Cabinet meeting presided over by Abdullah Abdullah. Higher Education Minister Farida Momand told the Cabinet meeting that the transfer of money was withheld for students who had been unsuccessful in several semesters.
She said it was a Cabinet’s decision that students failing in the first semester would not receive the scholarship money until they succeeded in the second semester. “But the students in Turkey who have complained are those who have been unsuccessful for several consecutive years.”
Abdullah said Afghan students should be sent abroad against scholarships under a five-year commitment in order those failing in the first semester remained on scholarship.
He said the claim of the Afghan students in Turkey should be investigated and if they were really unsuccessful for years then it was ok and if not their problem should be addressed.
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