KABUL (Pajhwok): Recommending fundamental changes in the education curriculum, President Ashraf Ghani has said the vital education sector should be national, professional and free of politics.
The president, who addressed the last day of the first National Education Symposium at the Salam Khana Palace on Thursday evening, assured his support to education officials who had been selected through a competition exam.
In a statement from the Presidential Palace, the president said no one could interfere in the affairs of education officials who had been appointed on merit.
Calling students as the future national builders, the president said no one could use students for political advantages.
Remembering the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union, President Ghani said it was a black day in the history and one of the factors behind the Russian intervention was politics on the Kabul University campus and in schools.
The president insisted the education sector should national, professional and apolitical. “Each time when I pass by the Habibia and Istiqlal high schools, I pray for my teachers who were ambassadors of our national spirit, no one could even think of asking you your tribe, this was the level of national spirit,” recalled Ghani.
The president directed the acting education minister to prepare a policy for resolving problems being faced by teachers and submit it to the High Council of Human Resources together with recommendations of the symposium.
Ghani also directed the Education Ministry to pay attention to women’s leadership role in its affairs and stressed joint efforts and cooperation between the education and higher education ministries in bringing about fundamental changes to the education curriculum.