Thousands take exams for Turkish-run schools in Kabul
Thousands of Afghan students, including girls under grade 7, took entrance exams on Friday for a Turkish foundation in Kabul that runs some of Afghanistan’s most highly regarded schools.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_As many as 3,600 students sat the highly competitive exams for the -Turk school system, Afghan-Turk School’s officials said.
“We want all girls to be educated. This is our president’s and our government’s wish and that of Afghans,” the Educational Councillor at Kabul’s , Changez Idmir, said at a news conference to mark the holding of the entrance tests.
Facing mounting global pressure, the IEA has said they will allow older girls to resume classes once arrangements are made to ensure they can do so in conformity with what the movement considers proper Islamic standards.
Afghan-Turk schools are regarded among the top schools in Afghanistan and admission is highly competitive.
Unofficially, many parts of the country have seen older restart classes, while officially the IEA says they are still working on a national system.
Ehsan Khateb, Head of Kabul Education Department, also attended the ceremony and thanked the Turkish government.
Afghan-Turk schools have had to make changes to their curriculum, shutting music, theatre, and dance departments at the request of IEA officials, the head of the Turkish educational foundation, Salleh Saghar, told Reuters.
The foundation respected the rules and culture of the host country, he said.
“Like the music, theatre, and dancing department … based on Taliban (IEA) requests we closed the departments,” he said, and it was for the IEA government to decide if they would reopen.