President wants Ministry of Education depoliticised
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani frankly acknowledged on Tuesday, when the new academic year began, his administration’s failure to improve teachers’ situation, but hoped to implement his promises in the new solar year.
Speaking at the Amani High Schoolin Kabul, Ghani praised teachers’ efforts to lead children to light.“I know you complain that a teacher has become president but he could not improve teachers’ situation.”
Addressing the teachers, the president said: “I agree with your grumble; we are moving towards a comprehensive discussion on the quantity and quality of education.”
Ghani added he gave himself probation score for failing to keep his promises to ameliorate teachers’ lot. But he hoped he would be able to honour his promises during the new academic year when teachers would give him good marks.
Teachers’ problems were somehow resolved, but some of the promises, particularly the one regarding housing facilities for teachers,were yet to be kept, the president admitted, saying there were technical issues that needed to be resolved.
Grabbing of the Ministry of Education (MoE) property was a serious problem, the president said, adding a commission was recently tasked with reclaiming the lands. He said 36,000 acres of land had been retaken from grabbers in different provinces.
The president believed the current structure of education could not meet the requirements as the quantity had significantly increased while the quality remained unchanged. He said efforts were underway to resolve the problem.
There were some obstacles to MoE leadership implementing reforms, but the number of education departments had decreased from 86 to 36, he said, without providing details.
He stressed the need for steering the ministry out of politics and external pressures to ensure quality education.The president also called for transparency in MoE affairs, saying fraud was unacceptable in any of its projects.
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