Balkhi vows ‘accurate’ future education statistics
KABUL (Pajhwok): The education minister on Tuesday expressed his commitment to improving the education sector both in quality and quantity and ensuring uniform education system in all regions of the country.
Asadullah Hanif Balkhi, addressing a gathering marking the launch of new academic year, said besides fighting corruption, he also planned to ensure that the Ministry of Education (MoE)’s statistics were no longer inaccurate.
Calling people’s role in dealing with challenges as important, the minister said all of his ministry’s performance was being assessed based on presidential orders and he was on the brink of bringing reforms.
Balkhi promised completion of 634 projects that remained incomplete from the past years.
He also mentioned his ministry’s achievements during the past one year and said 22 million books printed inside the country last year would be distributed to school students during the current year.
Balkhi said 100 Afghan writers were also given jobs to correct writing mistakes in school books printed in the previous years. The books after correction would be reprinted and distributed to students, he added.
About teachers’ problems, the minister said teachers were paid special attention in the past one year, when four teacher training centers were built in Khost, Sar-i-Pul, Kunar and Kabul provinces, increasing the number of these centers to 274.
He said 1,107,000 new students, including 41 percent of them girls, would be enrolled in schools this year.
The education minister said 590 education centers, 168 seminaries, 24 schools and institutes and 11 teacher training centers would be established during the new academic year.
He said the construction of two special schools, one for talented girl students and another for boys, was also in the pipeline this year.
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