Karzai seeks reforms in education system
Sun Jun 24, 1:18 pm
Afghan President Hamid Karzai seeks reforms in school and university educational systems, calling the current system inadequate and outdated.
Addressing a gathering on reforms in school, university and vocational education systems, President Karzai said Saturday that the current university entry test (Kankor) was associated with huge problems and needed to be reformed.
Weakness in the scientific studies was one of the barriers towards economic development, President Karzai said. He also stated his view that one of the international languages, especially the English language, should be used for lecturing the medical and engineering students.
President Karzai emphasized that English language should be shown preference in the universities as books and other sources can be found easily in that language. He linked the progress of some regional countries to the English language that is used in their educational institutes.
Mentioning Pakistan and India as present-day examples, President Karzai said these two countries are more developed than Afghanistan in the areas of medical and scientific progress because English is the language of education in those countries.
During his speech President Karzai said education institutions and universities were not the political and prejudicial places. He urged the youth to be involved in the acquisition of knowledge.
The Minister of Education, Farooq Wardak, was also present during the gathering. According to Minister Wardak, vocational training, reforms in distribution of scholarships, and providing a greater role to the private sectors is one of the major objectives of the education ministry.
The absence of buildings for nearly seven thousand schools and a lack of professional teachers were the main hurdles facing the ministry, Wardak said. He added that nearly three million eligible Afghan children were currently deprived of receiving an education.