Educational year begins in Afghanistan

16:12, March 08, 2010      

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Educational year in Afghanistan commenced on Saturday amid hope for better future.

"Today 7 million Afghan children including 37 percent girls will go to school," Minister for Education Ghulam Farooq Wardak announced at a ceremony held here.

He also added that 30 percent out of 175,000 teachers in 12,500 schools across the country are women, a positive development unbelievable during Taliban reign collapsed in late 2001.

During Taliban regime some 1 million boys went to school in a very poor condition while education for girls was outlawed and women had been confined to their houses.

However he said that unfortunately 5 million children still have no access to school while 420 schools are still remained closed due to security problems which have deprived more than 200, 000 children from education.

Afghan Minister for Education called on people particularly the tribal elders to do their best for reopening more schools in the country.

Source: Xinhua

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