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Kandahar seriously needs 5,000 more teachers

Kandahar seriously needs 5,000 more teachers

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Nov 27, 2019 - 18:19

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The educationinfo-icon director for southern Kandahar says he has taken many steps to improve education process in the province, but still some challenges remain.

Prof. Mohib Ahmad Roshan, who took charge as Kandahar education director three months ago, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the shortage of teachers a serious issue in the provincial education sector.

During an interview, he said Kandahar required 14,940 teachers while the ministry has provided only 6,644.

Roshan said 278 schools in Kandahar city and districts were without buildings and students there studied in the open.

Shortage of text books was another problem as the ministry had only provided 361,000 out of total 1.7 million required, the director said.

He said he personally visited Kabulinfo-icon and shared his department’s problems with officials concerned there solution.

He said provincial council members and parliament members from Kandahar province had also shared these problems with officials in Kabul to put pressure on the Education Ministry to take action.

Prof. Roshan said they seriously needed at least 5,000 more teachers to be appointed in Kandahar schools.

He said regional privilege should be given to female teachers during their employment in districts and remote areas so female teachers were encouraged to teach at girls schools.

He also stressed provision of townships for teachers and said further steps should be taken in this regard.

Kandahar provincial council head Haji Sayed Jan Khakrizwal, during a meeting, asked the council members to cooperate with the education department in solving its problems.

Khakrizwal said the new education director had taken some steps for improvement of education process in the province, but changes could happ only if the ministry concerned responded positively.

He said the Ministry of Education should take practical steps to overcome shortage of teachers and construct school buildings in Kandahar.

He said the provincial council was following these issues with the central government.

Sayed Ahmad Silab, Kandahar people’s representative in Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, also endorsed the education director’s statements and said they would share the issues with the education ministry for finding solution for them.

Earlier, Kandahar governor Hayatullah Hayat had also shared problems regarding the education process in the province with the president.

The president in response had said that Kandahar education department would get 4,000 more personnel in early1399 solar yearinfo-icon.

President Ashraf Ghani had said that salaries of all teachers of girls’ schools would be increased.

About housing facilities for teachers, Ghani had said that he had directed the Ministry of Urban and Housing to follow the issue.

The president had said he had also directed the Ministry of Finance to allocate special budget for provision of books and school buildings.

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