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Education. Primary education is free and compulsory until the 13th year. In 1970, however, there were only 540000 pupils (23 % of compulsory school age) of which 76000 were girls. Secondary education had 120000 pupils (9% of 13-19 year olds). Teacher training courses are available in Kabul (3000 students), Kandahar, Djalalabad, Herat and Khost. Universities in Kabul (about 6300 students) and in Djalalabad (since 1963, only medicine, about 400 students). Other higher education institutions, including a technical college, all in Kabul. 90% of the population over the age of 15 is still illiterate. In the city of Kabul this is about 30%. armed forces. The army consists of four army corps and six separate divisions and numbers about 85,000 men, partly conscripted. In wartime, the strength can be supplemented with armed tribesmen. There is one armored division, equipped with Russian T34 and T54 tanks, and a special mountain brigade. The Air Force is equipped with MIG 21 jet fighters and IL 28 jet bombers. The gendarmerie consists of approximately 13,000 men. See searchforpublicschools for Afghanistan Overview.