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ICOIC Wants to Include Constitution in School Curriculum

ICOIC Wants to Include Constitution in School Curriculum

KABUL - Officials of the Independent Commission Overseeing Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC) said they are trying to include the constitution as a subject in the school curriculum to help the students get familiar with the law from early ages.
On Sunday, at the 14th anniversary of the drafting of the constitution in Kabul, they said the commission had for the past year been working on a plan to include the constitution in school subjects. The aim is to help students know the constitution while they are at school.
“Last year, the deputy of the commission and I, went (to the education ministry) to discuss the inclusion of the constitution in Afghanistan’s educational curriculum,” Abdul Rauf Herawi, a member of the commission said.
“In this law, all the Afghans rights are considered equal. No Afghan is better than any other,” Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari, acting education minister said.
Some lawyers have said the constitution was not being fully implemented, adding that most of the articles of the constitution remained only on paper and have never been put into practice.
In terms of the National Unity Government’s (NUG) political agreement, the government, within two years, should have considered an amendment to the constitution in the Loya Jirga to decide on creating the position of prime minister.
It also failed to hold the parliamentary election on time, continuing the tenure of parliament members without holding the election. There a lack of the prescribed number of members of the Supreme Court, along with dozens of other examples of obstacles that have prevented the full implementation of the constitution.
“The elections of village and district councils were not held by the former government although there were opportunities to do so. The failure to hold the parliamentary election in 2016, the scandalous election of 2015 and the stalemate that followed and the establishment of the NUG based on a political agreement, all indicate violations of the constitution,” Abdul Wahid Farzaie, a lawyer said.
Although the ICOIC insists on the implementation of the constitution, reports say that the commission also has some internal disagreements. For instance, in the past months members of the commission had tried to dismiss the chief of the commission.
“Today, most of the commission members, including the chief, have been working together and have decided that we do not want the commission to face any further stalemate,” Abdul Rauf Herawi, a member of the commission said.
Efforts have been ongoing for nearly one century to prepare a constitution that addresses all the needs of the country and its people, but due to tensions, disorder and law-violations in the last few decades, the constitution, also like other things has suffered. (Tolonews)