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Funds for 2,700 new school buildings arranged: President

Funds for 2,700 new school buildings arranged: President

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Mar 26, 2019 - 10:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said 1,200 school buildings were being constructed out of proposed 6,000 schools while funds for another 2,700 school buildings have been arranged.

The president, who rang a school bell to mark the launch of new educational year, congratulated all educationinfo-icon staff, teachers, students and particularly the one million newly enrolled students on the occasion.

The ceremony was organised at Amani High School in which first lady, education minister, government officials and cabinet members participated.

The president said the best moments of his presidency were when students visited him at the Presidential Palace or welcomed him during trips to provinces.

The president directed the acting education minister to encourage the new one million enrolled students and make them a tool for Afghanistaninfo-icon’s unity and avoid their discouragement from being enrolled at school.

He asked provincial administrations to identify allocation of land for school buildings as their priority and give the authority of location selection for schools to the local Rural Rehabilitation and Development Departments.

Referring to the construction of over 6,000 school buildings - a  massive project in the history of Afghanistan’s education sector, the president said work on construction of 1,200 schools was underway while funds for the construction of 2,700 school buildings had been arranged.

The president said the process of appointing 11,000 teachers would be completed this week while all teachers would obtain bachelor’s degree within five years in coordination with the Ministry of Education and the Higher Education Ministry.

The president said around 100,000 undergraduate teachers would become bachelor’s degree holders during their service while another 57,000 high school graduates would complete their 14th graduation during the period.

The president said 12.2 million textbooks had been published and the procurement process of another 37 million textbooks would be completed in near future.

Ghani stressed violence against teachers and students were not acceptable and assured parents to feel secure regarding the safety of their children in schools.

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