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Past Decade of Development Has Not Helped Higher Education: Minister Obaid

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Past Decade of Development Has Not Helped Higher Education: Minister Obaid

Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education said Wednesday that he was concerned the successes in the country’s development over the past decade had not transferred to the higher education sector.

Low quality education and inadequate resources still plague Afghanistan’s institutions, Higher Education Minister Obaidullah Obaid acknowledged, saying he often received such complaints on this front.

“There are no professional figures in the [educational] institutions, and some universities do not even have a building,” he said in an interview with TOLOnews.
“So, we have not had much success in the last decade.”

Obaid admitted that corruption in the institutions was partly to blame, as some institutes offered courses they were not qualified to provide in order to get more money from students.

“Some private institutions that are teaching Masters and Doctorates degrees are doing it illegally, and we have stopped their activity. If they repeat this, they will lose their licence to teach Bachelors as well,” he said.

But he added that he believed the sector also struggled from the lack of attention of the international community.

He said none of Afghanistan’s higher education institutions met international standards, and the international community had not done enough to cooperate this field.

There are more than 100 private higher education institutes active in Afghanistan, but most of them are poor quality, according to Obaid.

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