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80pc drop in illiteracy in next 15 years: Rahimi

80pc drop in illiteracy in next 15 years: Rahimi

Sep 07, 2017 - 18:53

KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy education minister Sardar Mohammad Rahimi on Thursday said insecurity, poverty and corruption in the country stemmed from illiteracy.

Speaking at a press conference here, Rahimi said until the issue of illiteracy was not fully addressed, Afghanistan would continue to elude enduring security and stability.

He said millions of Afghans were uneducated, calling it a huge challenge. However, he said the number of illiterate people would be decreased by 80 percent over the next 15 years under the National Solidarity scheme.

According to the MoE, currently 62 percent people in Afghanistan, above the age of 15 years, are illiterate and only 38 percent of Afghans above 15 years are literate.

Rahimi dubbed political intervention and the structure of the unity government as the ‘core problem’ in preventing efforts at reducing illiteracy.

The deputy education minister said some 200,000 children were out of school. “Until we aren’t literate and educated, we can not ensure security and achieve stability in the country.”

He said the government should give education a top priority and support education by increasing its budget, provide technical facilities and consider international standards.