The Afghan Education Ministry plans to construct 1,000 schools, mostly primary, in the war-ravaged country by the end of Afghan year that ends on March 21, 2007, a local newspaper reported Saturday.
"The Education Ministry with the support of World Bank would construct about 1,000 schools across the country and the project would be completed within the next four months," the daily Cheragh quoted Deputy Education Ministry Sidiq Patman as saying.
However, Patman did not say the amount required for the project, or how much the World Bank would contribute to it.
Though the Afghan government has constructed or rebuilt thousands of schools since the collapse of Taliban regime over the past five years, still the shortage of educational centers is felt as more than 4,000 primary and secondary schools are under tents or open air.
More than 5.5 million Afghan boys and girls are going to schools today in the post-Taliban nation where it was a dream during the Taliban's fundamentalist regime toppled in late 2001.