The Kabul government has officially initiated the two-week long process to hand over chain of the ‘Afghan Turk Schools’ to the Ankara government.
Following the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, the Ankara asked Kabul as well a number of other capitals around the world to hand these network of schools linked to the coup plotter Gülen movement to the Turkish government.
Shafique Samim, deputy Minister for Education, has said the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received formal request from Turkey in this regard six months ago.
He added Ghani was against closing down these schools, and instead approved a recommendation to hand them over to the Turkey’s Maarif Foundation.
According to the Anadolu Agency, there are some 12 Afghan Turk schools in Afghanistan where an estimated eight thousand boys and girls enrolled. The schools are located in major urban centres like the capital Kabul, and Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalal Abad and Sheberghan cities.
The previous management of these schools is against the handing over of these schools to the Turkish government. The Kabul government, however, believes this would help not only keep the schools running, but help them further improve. According to the deputy minister for education, the Maarif foundation has pledged to invest up to $ 5 million to further lift the standard of these schools.
Mucip Uludag, Turkey’s Maarif coordinator in Afghanistan told Anadolu Agency best quality of education for the Afghan students, including scholarship opportunities in Turkey would be provided at the reformed Afghan Turk Schools across Afghanistan.
He vowed unlike the previous discriminatory policy of only allowed the children from the elite class; the new management would adopt an inclusive policy to allow all Afghan children a chance to seek quality education