"We are motivated by the intense desire for education by Afghan people of all ages, including children, and the rampant optimism in Afghanistan" -R. Gordon
Please click here (PDF, 1.5 MB) to view a report by Dr. Cheragh Ali, Chancellor of the Kabul Medical Institute, on the state of medical schools in Afghanistan as of 2004.
Excerpts from the presentation are as follows:
- Due to civil war in 1992-1993 in Kabul, the infrastructure of the Kabul Medical Institute has been destroyed and all the lab equipment, teaching aids, books, furniture, and the printing house have been looted.
- Student enrollment was not only through entrance examination, but through different channels and fake documents
- Some faculties/teachers also have been employed without following academic norms & regulations by recommendations letters from the authorities.
- There is not a printing press in any of these schools. As mentioned before, [the] very advanced and modern printing press of Kabul Medical Institute was unfortunately looted and destroyed in 1992-1993.
- The situation in other medical schools is worse than Kabul, most of them are facing [a] lack of qualified teachers. [One] teacher is teaching 2-3 disciplines, [and there are] no lab facilities in any of them, except in Jalalabad.
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