A TOLOnews probe has found documents that indicate the Ministry of Education (MoE) is trying to take control of the independent Afghan-Turk Schools.
According to the documents seen by TOLOnews, the MoE wants to control the education and administrative sectors of the schools.
Meanwhile a number of families of students attending the Afghan-Turk schools said government is putting pressure on the schools stating it has a right to control them.
The Director General of Monitoring and Evaluation at the education ministry said in a letter sent to Balkh, Kandahar, Jawzjan, Herat and Nangarhar education departments that they need to start monitoring the Afghan-Turk schools in their provinces.
Afghan-Turk schools officials meanwhile said such monitoring was unusual and was in violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the directorate of Afghan-Turk schools and the education ministry.
The education ministry also reportedly sent another letter to Afghan-Turk schools two weeks ago. In this letter, the ministry said that based on the MoU between Afghanistan and Turkish governments, the education ministry has a right to monitor the schools.
Officials at the Afghan-Turk schools however said they are a non-government organization and the MoU was signed between the organization and education ministry - not between the governments.
“In article 31 of our MoU with the MoE, it is explained that which parts can be reviewed and assessed. We have shared our opinions with the ministry, but so far we have not received anything else in this regard,” Ahmad Fawad Haidari, deputy director of Afghan-Turk schools said.
The MoU was signed on 2011 and is valid for 49 years.
Called for comment, the education ministry refused to talk about this reported move.
Afghan-Turk students’ families meanwhile said government has challenged education processes by interfering in the schools’ affairs.
“Your (MoE officials) sons can learn and teach anywhere they want. But my son every night dreams that my school will be closed tomorrow. Is it fair? ” said father of a student of Afghan-Turk schools.