MoE only implements 16 of 113 recommendations: MEC

MoE PajhwokMarch 12, 2019: KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring Committee (MEC) on Tuesday said the Ministry of Education (MoE) has so far implemented only 16 out of its 113 recommendations due to lack of capacity and resources.

According to the MEC’s third report published today, the committee had submitted its recommendations to the MoE in November 2017.

The report said the MEC recommendations which the Education Ministry had implemented included review of local education process, review of the ministry’s structure, increase in women’s partnership, attracting Cabinet support for reforms in the education sector, amending workers’ behavior code, collection of information and creation of an information management system.

Implementing educational construction projects in rural areas by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and in urban areas by the Ministry of Urban Development, creation of a committee for monitoring education quality, transparency in employments within three months, publishing lists of vacant posts, job applicants and chosen candidates online and changing questions from were other recommendations of MEC which have been implemented.

Bari Salam, MEC head, told a press conference here that civil society partnership in monitoring teachers’ employment, reviewing the framework of curriculum, digitalizing the employment process by the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) were suggestions which were under implementation in MoE.

He said 16 other recommendations of the MEC to the MoE had been 50 percent implemented from September 2018 to December 2018 while another 15 recommendations had been 25 percent implemented.

Salam said their recommendations which went into effect included construction of school buildings, payment of teachers’ salary through electronic system, advancement in computerizing school certificates and some other developments.

Currently 62 percent of teachers received their salaries through electronic system, he said.

He added the MEC had found that its 22 recommendations had been suspended while enforcing 38 other recommendations had recently begun.

Six of 113 recommendations were not even touched so far, he said, adding lack of books, teachers, school buildings, drinking water, adequate budget, interference of powerful men in education and insecurity remained main problems for the education process in the country.

Hasan Rezayee, a senior member of MEC, said that low capacity in immediate level of MoE, lack of budget and human resources were reasons behind the non-implementations of some of their recommendations while some needed further time.

He said a political will for fighting corruption existed in the MoE. “Our goal is to prevent corruption; ensure salary payment through electronic system and computerize certificates have helped reduced corruption, but these efforts are not enough and further work is needed,” he said.

The MEC report says the MoE has delegated the authority of construction of schools, procurement, employment process and technical and professional education to other organs which helped the ministry focus on its main commitments.

The president has ordered transfer of construction processes from the MoE to MoUD two years ago but the education ministry continued to manage its construction processes.

The MEC said the MoE in cooperation with IARCSC and World Bank had launched organizational study for identifying shortages and gaps in the education sector.

Based on this study, responsibilities of the MoE leadership and workers should be reviewed, interference in its tasks and structural density should be identified and resolved.

Source: Pajhwok