The State of Public Education in Afghanistan: Political Problems, and Future Prospects
Aqil Zahirpour

The advent of the 21st century marked a unique era for Afghanistan. Presumably, an end was put to the wearisome conflict in late 2001, and a new chapter full of unprecedented and complicated pages was opened. Surviving every hardship in the last moments of the 20th century, the education sector of the country, like the other sectors, became the focal point of the international communities and aid agencies. In other words, following the immediate installation of the new government in 2002, high priority was given to the education sector. Flow of funding and strategic planning was initiated all over the system. However, the country's past legacy of violence had left nearly an indelible impact, making extant scenarios incredulous, as the infrastructure was torn apart. Seventy percent of schools were reported to have undergone severe or partial damage There were fragmentation in the society, disruption in commerce, and fragility in social fabric, poverty and lack of basic care in health and social sector; these were among the many other pressing problems.

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