MEC in critical situation, founder seeks government support

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The founder of Moraa Educational Complex (MEC) has complained against the imposition of heavy taxes, interference from powerful individuals and a lack of government attention, and warned of apossible collapse of the institutionif these situations persist.

MEC is situated in the northwestern part of capital Kabul and includes infrastructure for training centres, hostels, library and sportsinfo-icon. The facility is stretched over 10.5 acres of land.All the services pertaining to the facility, including administration, cleaning, gardening, electricity and technical works are carried out by womeninfo-icon staff.

Dr. Azizullah Amir, the founder of MEC, during an exclusive interview, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he had wished to establishsucha facility since his mother died when he was just nine year old due to a lack of female doctors.She had refused to go to the male doctor and lost her life to an ordinary skin illness.

Amir said that the attachment to cultural, traditional and religious values persuaded many families to stop their daughters from going to co-educationinfo-icon schools, institutions of higher education, and universities. Another purpose for the creation of this institute was to support women who got married at a young age and were unable to continue their education after they gave birth.

A higher education centre for women, a medical institute, a high school and a kindergarten for girls are functional in MEC.

He said that the facility was founded to provide educational opportunities for Afghan women and girls in line with national and Islamic values. Highly qualified women staffers are appointed to impart education to the students here.

He also recalled that no organisation or government institution had helped him in the establishment of MEC; though some even thought that the facility belonged to First Lady Rulla Ghani.

Despite facing complex economic problems, Amir said that he wanted to expand the network to Nangarhar, Khost, Kandahar, Balkh and Herat provinces.

He criticised the government’s policies and said that one of fundamental problems was high taxes. Despite suffering from a loss of approximately 20 million Afghanis last year, his organization had to pay  hundred thousands Afghanis in taxes.

He said that aninstitution which suffered losses amounting to 20 million Afghanis required government’s support and compensation.The particular institution should be asked to pay taxes onlyafter it becomes self-sufficient.

He also added the MEC had on several occasions requested the Ministry of Interior for cooperation on security related matters, but no support was provided by the ministry.

He warned that the facility might collapse if such situations persist, and mightget convertedinto an entertainment place or even become a restaurant.

He demanded that the government should reconsider its economic policies to help encourage the investors,and asked the president to extend flexibility for encouraging investments.



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