Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Equal Education is the Right of Every Afghan Child

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Equal Education is the Right of Every Afghan Child

There are dozens of Afghan families who have lost their family man during the civil war and do not have any one to financially support their families. In order to overcome this matter, these families prefer their school age children to work rather than attending school. Orphan school age children and unsheltered ladies cleaning the cars on crossroads in Kabul city is one of the most visible and clear example of the poverty rate in the country. There are number of children around seven year old cleaning and washing cars while tolerating the virus polluted air, till late evening across the roads in the cities. There are families whose children are sleeping hungry during the night. The civil war era demolished the infrastructures of the country which has resulted the nation to fight for survival and run after a loaf of bread instead struggling for better change in their life style.
The lack of school and quality materials has extensively affected the standard and quality of education in the country.  Since the transitional government was established in 2002, many international and nation organizations have rushed in Afghanistan. They have been working to reconstruct the war-torn infrastructures of the country. But unfortunately; there are still schools that are housed in tents instead of building. Schools that are housed in tents can be easily targeted by the extremist militants than the ones housed in buildings. Schools without building are more vulnerable and the parents do not dare to allow their children attend the schools housed in tents. The offensive conditions of schools and the low quality study materials are demoralizing the children to attend schools. In addition, the curriculums being applied in schools and universities of Afghanistan are out of date and none-standard. This is the age of technology and civilization, but poor Afghan children do not have access to a world class educational curriculum yet. Low quality study materials and limited numbers of schools with very limited facilities are the other factors that have contributed to the declining graph of educational standards.
In contrast to other countries, the dullest students are being filtered and placed in education and training faculties of the government universities in Afghanistan. This policy of the government itself is a huge risk for the quality of education and degrades the educational standard. In addition, in comparison to other societies; the teachers are not being considered as the vital human resources the of the government civil service structure. This is the basic issue that neither the government nor the nation is concentrating on. The wage for a primary grade teacher is not more than 8500 AFN in a month which is even less than a simple clerk’s salary working in a ministry. This situation and injustice with the teachers have caused the intelligent students to ignore this field and the government has got no option other than placing students with the lowest score in these faculties. We initially need to have and train qualified teachers in order to have qualified ruling leaders. The primary solutions to the current issues are educating the new generations of the country and critically thinking of developing useful peace strategies.

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