Afghanistan inches toward goal of improving education

07/21/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

After years of war and turmoil, officials say demand for better education in Afghanistan has risen to its highest point in decades. However, while officials say they see signs of improvement -- namely the rapid and successful growth of public schooling in the country -- there also remain many obstacles for students and for those who want to teach them, such as high dropout rates and widespread overcrowding in schools.

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