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    Nangarhar university teachers boycott classes

    JALALABAD (PAN): Nearly 250 Nangarhar University teachers on Sunday boycotted classes to protest the provincial administration’s failure to provide them land plots, officials said.

    Law and Political Science Faculty deputy head, Ahmad Gul Wasiq, told Pajhwok Afghan News President Hamid Karzai had ordered allotment of plots to them three years ago, but the provincial government was yet to act on the decree.

    He said 250 teachers of several faculties gathered in the meeting hall of the Engineering Faculty to protest the provincial administration’s failure, boycotting classes and closing university gates.

    He added the demarcation process in a desert east of the university had already been completed, but the provincial administration had so far not allotted the teachers their plots.

    “The administration and the governor have several times promised the distribution of plots over the past two years, but the teachers are yet to be given their rights,” he lamented.

    Wasiq said the teachers went on strike after a deadline set for the government to resolve the issue expired on Sunday.

    At the meeting, the teachers extended the deadline for another month and warned if their demand was not met, they would not give annual exams and the government would be responsible for that.

    University Chancellor Dr. Sabir Momand called plots the right of teachers, saying the demarcated land belonged to the Ministry of Defence. He said the issue would be resolved during a joint sitting of provincial and ministry officials.

    Governor Gul Agha Sherzai had directed a commission to resolve the issue at the earliest, said his spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.

    However, he criticised the teachers for boycotting classes and said the move could engender the future of students.

    A fourth year engineering student, Abdul Ahad, a resident of southern Ghazni province, said the boycott amounted to injustice to them.