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60 percent of Afghans are illiterate, says MoE

60 percent of Afghans are illiterate, says MoE

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Aug 28, 2018 - 20:11

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Educationinfo-icon says around 60 percent of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s population is illiterate. Around 1500 illiterate persons graduated from a one-year literacy course in northern Balkh province on Tuesday.

Literacy program deputy chief at the Ministry of Education, Sardar Mohammad Rahimi, told the graduation ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh’s capital, that the government’s efforts during the past 17 years at promoting vocational and literacy education had been insufficient.

During the past one and a half decades, he said, literacy rate increased in Afghanistan by only one per cent a year ---less than the available resources.

In the past, illiterate persons were taught how to read and write only, but now they learned vocational skills as well, Rahimi said.

During the past two years, the provincial literacy education department enrolled around 1500 students and today they graduated from the course.

Rahimi said the graduates learned writing and reading during the first nine months and were imparted vocational education for the remaining three months.

He said $200 was spent on each student to learn literacy and vocational training, but they lacked sufficient budget to meet the costs.

He said the Ministry of Education was trying to increase literacy ratio through the writing and reading programme.

However, the Ministry of Euducation says currently 60 per cent of the country’s population is deprived of education.

A number of students who graduated from the course in Mazar-i-Sharif expressed their happiness over completing the course.

Shamila, one of the graduates, said she attended the vocational education programme and currently she taught at an education institute.

She expressed her concern about the three months’ time for learning tailoring and sad the time should be increased in order womeninfo-icon could learn tailoring as professional.

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