KABUL: Director of publications and spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Mawlawi Aziz Ahmad Ryan said the plan to reopen girls ‘schools has been finalized and there is high hope that girls’ schools will reopen in Afghanistan with the new school year to start in March.
In an interview Mawlawi said, according to the new plan, schools and classes for girls and boys will be separated, with male teachers teaching in boys and female teachers in girls.
He said all schools were closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. According to him, girls’ schools above the sixth grade have been temporarily closed and efforts are underway to reopen all girls’ and boys’ schools for students in the first to the great level of grades in the new school year, Mawlawi Aziz Ahmad Ryan added.
Regarding the revision of the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, Mawlawi Ryan says that at present there is no plan to revise the curriculum, But the Ministry of Education intends to make a series of minor changes to social issues in the coming years. According to him, there will be no change in scientific topics, but if the content of social themes is in conflict with religious and national values, minor changes will be made to them.
On the other hand, the director of publications of the Ministry of Education says that many schools in Afghanistan are not restored and a large number of schools have been destroyed as a result of the wars of the past years But the Ministry of Education is paying particular attention to the construction of new school buildings, and efforts are underway to repair schools that were partially destroyed during the war years.
Regarding the issue of imaginary teachers and schools, which was one of the main challenges of Afghanistan’s education in the previous government, he says that the studies of the Ministry of Education show that there were not only imaginary teachers and schools but also imaginary students.
Mawlawi Ryan said that the Ministry of Education has set up monitoring teams as part of a special program to review all public and private schools and to investigate the issue of imaginary teachers, imaginary schools, and imaginary students.
According to him, the process of monitoring schools has started in a rudimentary way, Ministry of Education monitoring teams are currently inspecting schools in Kabul, and schools in the provinces and districts are scheduled to be monitored next spring. He says that in addition to forming monitoring teams, the leadership of the Ministry of Education has also traveled to some provinces and conducted its own assessments of the state of schools, But with the start of the new school year, the process of reviewing and supervising schools is set to begin in earnest.
Regarding the salaries and benefits of teachers, the director of publications of the Ministry of Education says that the salaries and benefits that Afghan teachers receive are very small and cannot turn the wheel of their lives. He said the shortage of teachers’ salaries is a legacy of the previous government but there are efforts to attract foreign aid to increase teachers’ salaries and assistance. He added that UNICEF has promised to co-operate in paying teachers’ salaries and assistance. Mawlawi Aziz Ahmad Ryan says “dialogs are underway with UNICEF to agree on a specific mechanism for paying salaries and assisting Afghan teachers.
He says the Ministry of Education has paid teachers ‘salaries of five past months from the government budget, and given the promise of the international community and UNICEF, there are high hopes that teachers’ salaries will increase next year.
Regarding the increase of the capacity of the professional staff and the increase of the quality of education, the director of publications of the Ministry of Education said: The Ministry of Education has taken two basic plans in this regard simultaneously, In the first step, an attempt is made to provide the ground for hiring professional professors, and in the second step, the problem of teaching outside the field is solved, and the professors who teach contrary to their field and profession return to their respective field and teach.
The director of publications of the Ministry of Education says that in the field of education, many problems have been inherited from the previous government and it is necessary to solve these problems in a fundamental way.
According to him, the issue of imaginary teachers and schools, the lack of professional teachers, the lack of buildings for schools in remote areas, and the lack of salaries and privileges of teachers are the main problems of education in Afghanistan, But the leadership of the Ministry of Education has the will and determination to eliminate all existing problems and challenges.