Kabul, 15 October 2021 (TDI): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansoor Ahmed Khan held a meeting with the Minister of Higher Education of Afghanistan, Maulvi Abdul Baqi Haqqani.
Both parties discussed ways for strengthening the education sector in Afghanistan. The Ambassador and the Minister shed light on the country’s immediate needs and culture concerning higher education. For this matter, both leaders were onboard for promoting cooperation and improving standards. The Afghan Minister also appreciated Pakistan’s scholarships to Afghan students.
There are two educational systems in Afghanistan. The first system comes under the Mullahs. They are the ones who teach the Quran, reading, writing, and mathematics. Moreover, they are in charge of religious education as well. The other educational system, which was implemented in 1964, comprised compulsory and optional primary education for pupils aged 7 to 15. This system was never fully implemented. Only 58 percent of Afghans over the age of 15 were able to read and write in 2001.