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Private varsities asked not to hire foreign teachers

Private varsities asked not to hire foreign teachers

Jan 12, 2017 - 18:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Higher Educationinfo-icon (MoHE) has stressed appointment of Afghan teachers in the private sector-run universities and other higher educational institutes and asked these institutes to avoid extending visas for foreign teachers.

The Higher Education Ministry’s private universities and higher educational institutes’ affairs directorate in a follow up letter number 521 has made it clear that the need of teachers should be fulfilled locally.

Prof. Mohammad Amir Kamawal, the directorate head, said the decision to appoint local teachers had been taken in response to public demand. He said many Afghan youth having completed master’s degrees remained unemployed.

He said the government was spending a lot on higher education and the Afghan youth were talented. “It is unfortunate that we please with hearing names of foreign teachers who cannot find the same job in their own countries.”

He said if international standard teachers came to Afghanistaninfo-icon for teaching, they were welcomed and giving the name of teacher to every foreigner was a betrayal. Kamawal said the decision about appointment of local teachers had also been taken from security point of view as well.

But Higher Education Ministry spokesman Faisal Amin said under the decision, local teachers should be given a priority. He said the decision did not mean no foreign was allowed to teach at Afghanistan universities.

However, he did not say how many foreign teachers are currently employed in universities. He said 3,700 both Afghan and foreign teachers worked at local private universities and colleges.

Hamid Obaidi, who teaches at Bakhtar private university in Kabul, welcomed the Higher Education Ministry’s decision and said during the past 15 years, Afghan students had earned master’s and doctorate degrees in foreign countries. These graduates could replace the foreign teachers, he said.



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