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Teacher training centers be promoted to varsities: Balkhi

Teacher training centers be promoted to varsities: Balkhi

Feb 24, 2019 - 17:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Acting educationinfo-icon minister Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi on Sunday said teacher training centers should be either promoted to universities or professional schools, saying 3,300 new schools were expected to be built next solar yearinfo-icon.

Balkhi expressed these views after signing a contract on printing 1.9 million seminary books with Sarwar Saadat, owner of Saadat Printing Company, today.

The minister said the books in Dari, Pashtu and Arabic included 107 different subjects for religious education centers.

The printing of these books would cost 171.7 million afghanis to be paid from the ministry’s development budget, he added. The books would be in high quality and would take four months to be printed before being distributed to students.

He said 1,200 seminaries registered with the Ministry of Education were active across the country. These seminaries required 109 books of different subjects in 12 million copies.

The ministry planned to print the rest of the needed books for religious education centers, Balkhi said.

“We need 49 million text books for our schools this year, around 12 million of these books are under printing process while 27 million others are in procurement process or donors have promised fund for them, it would take one year to print them,” the minister added.

Despite developments, 50 percent of the country schools still lacked buildings, but his ministry was planning to construct 3,300 school buildings next year, he said, without giving further details.

Balkhi said schools in Kabul and provinces currently required 50,000 professional teachers and competitive tests for employing new instructors were underway in the capital and provinces.

“We are looking for new plans to improve our teachers’ capacity and our schools’ standards. A 14-year education is no longer fruitful and training of teachers would not belong to the Ministry of Education in future,” he said.

Balkhi said teacher training institutes should be either converted to universities or professional schools.

He said 17,000 students graduated from the Kabul Educational and Training University alone in different subjects in a year while the ministry could employ only 10,000 of them and the rest remained jobless.

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