More than 50 percent teachers in Afghanistan are incompetent and unskilled to discharge their duties, an independent anti-corruption body said earlier this week.
The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee claimed favoritism and red-tape in the recruitment of teachers across the country.
“Despite the allotment of huge funds for education, almost 55 percent teachers (in Afghanistan) are not qualified for teaching,” said Rashid Behrooz, the executive director of the committee.
He alleged that many senior provincial government officials, including governors and provincial council members, were found involved in corruption in the appointment of teachers.
According to the committee findings in five major provinces – Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh and Laghman – only 11 percent teachers had bachelor’s degree.
A total of 33 percent teachers were 12+2 graduates, 46 percent were under-graduates and another 10 percent had yet to complete school education.
The findings revealed that the insecure provinces were more prone to corruption in appointment process of teachers than secure provinces.
The ‘ghost’ schools, it said, were present in many parts of the country; however, more details were not divulged.
The Ministry of Education has not reacted on the report so far.
Even though the country has made tremendous progress over the years, education and healthcare sectors are still lagging behind.
According to official statistics, at least nine million students are currently enrolled in schools across the country with 200,000 teachers.
The problems of insecurity, poor infrastructure, lack of qualified teachers and poverty has affected education in Afghanistan.