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Abdullah rejects plan to move schooling to mosques


KABUL (SW) – Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council of National Reconciliation, has called the proposed plan to move the first three grades of schools to mosques as a ‘wrong decision’.

Reacting to the proposal by the Ministry of Education, Abdullah said on Tuesday that this decision was completely and fundamentally ‘incorrect’. Addressing a conference on peace, media and civil society, Abdullah said he got to know about this proposal through media and was surprised to hear it.

The HCNR chairman added that he had made a firm commitment not to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government, but stressed that such a decision was not the day-to-day work of the government, but a major policy move. He said that before this move, the Islamic education directorate was removed from the ministry, which should have been strengthened instead.

Emphasizing upon the importance of the status of religious schools and mosques, Abdullah acknowledged there are no necessary facilities in schools, and that religious scholars teach their children the religion, but encourage them to go to school.

The Ministry of Education’s proposed plan to teach primary education at mosques has stirred heated debate in the social media.

Some social media users have ridiculed it, and some have warned of the dire consequences of such a decision. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has clarified that this proposed plan is for areas where there are no schools available.



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