Suleimaniya needs 500 schools
People hope the new government will improve the education system in Kurdistan
According to statistics available, Suleimaniya needs 500 new schools to achieve the goal of one-shift schools. The education sector in Suleimaniya and all around Kurdistan needs improvements and this puts a heavy task on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) new cabinet, which is expected to be in full function very soon.
According to statistics available, Suleimaniya needs 500 new schools to achieve the goal of oneshift schools. The education sector in Suleimaniya and all around Kurdistan needs improvements and this puts a heavy task on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) new cabinet, which is expected to be in full function very soon.
Hopes and expectations are high since the majority of the political parties want to participate in the new government and each party wants to implement its own plans in the ministries and posts they will receive.
Experts in the education sector argue the government needs to give a higher priority to the sector.
Hemin Ghafoor, a school teacher says that still the majority of schools do not have proper labs, something which impoverishes the quality of the education.
“The issue of two- or three- shift schools is a big problem since it reduces the class hours,” Ghafoor says. “Before anything else, they have to think of building fully-equipped new schools.”
According to Najmaddin Ali, the Suleimaniya Education Director General, there are 13 educational directorates in Suleimaniya Province, which have approximately half a million registered students, 876 schools and around 40 thousand teachers. Ad- ditionally, there are 90 evening schools in the Province as well.
“Last year 80 new schools were built and now fully operative,” Ali said. “57 more schools are being constructed by the Ministry of Interior on the budget of the Ministry of Education. The total budget of the project is IQD 56.45 billion.”
Ali also added that 130 plots of land have been designated to be used for building schools, for which the Ministry has allocated a budget and the construction will start soon.
According to the statistics at Ali’s directorate, 942 schools were renovated during 2013. Of the 457 schools in the villages around the Province, only 211 schools are left to be utilized due to the low number of students in the remote areas.
Additionally 3 schools have been established for the Syrian refugees, who have a total of 1,105 students.
“If we have 500 more schools in the Province, we will have no school with two shifts," Najmaddin argued.
Dalia Osman, an educa- tion expert says: "if you need to strengthen the foundation of a society and move forward towards a better life, you need to start off with the education system."
“During the past 6 years, positive steps have been taken in the education sector in Kurdistan, but they need more complimentary ones,” Osman says. “First of all we need to solve the issue of school buildings, and then other needs such as labs, sports halls, teachers, social and psychological researchers. Another important thing that still does not exist in our system is the scientific tours, which first opens the students’ eyes to the world, and second encourages them to love their studies.”