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KELTC control transitions to Defence Ministry

KELTC control transitions to Defence Ministry

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Jun 20, 2014 - 09:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) on Friday announced giving the Kabul English Language Training Center (KELTC) control to the Afghan Ministry of Defence.

Located on the grounds of Pohantoon-i-Hawaee, the Center teaches Afghan National Security Forces the English language so that they can continue to professionalise its force.

The school has 21 classrooms, an interactive media instruction lab, and has the capacity to train 252 full-time students, according to a statement from the NATOinfo-icon-led force, which prepares to end its combat role later in the year.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Eyre, commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistaninfo-icon, said: “This is very much a stepping stone for them in order to carry on to international schools to further professionalise their abilities.”

In addition to English being vital for any pilot to master, learning the language will open other doors for the students to continue their military educationinfo-icon and training.

 “They are very keen to connect to the outside worldinfo-icon, very keen to connect with western militaries,” Eyre said. “They are also very keen on adapting NATO standards in regards to their training, their education, their ways of doing business.”

Both Eyre and the school’s commandant, Col. Habibur Rahman Totakhel, said the transition of the school was a key milestone was continuing to professionalise the Afghan forces.

“Now Afghans have the ability to run the programme, it’s a very good opportunity for us,” Totakhel said. “We have the confidence, we have the instructors, the students are very excited to learn and it is a joy to see their progress.”

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