The market for private schools in Afghanistan has grown as more families search for better educational opportunities for their children. However, some of the schools appear to be underfunded -- much like the country's public schools -- and unorganised. "There have been many problems with fraud and poor teaching standards," said Najeeba Nooristani, head of private schools for the Ministry of Education. "We are working hard to bring them under the rules of the ministry." Nooristani noted the importance of private schools, which take pressure off of the government and the public-school system.

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