No plan to dismiss attorneys, senators informed
KABUL (Pajhwok): Giving a test to hundreds of attorneys is in no way tantamount to sacking them, the Attorney General Office (AGO) said on Tuesday.
More than 200 AGO staffers were examined earlier in the month and five percent of them without the required level of professionalism will be referred of the Administrative Affairs Office.
But the move has come in for flak from the Afghanistan Lawyers Association, which rejected on March 15 the test as unacceptable. But authorities argue AGO staff should sit the test to ascertain their academic and professional abilities.
Briefing lawmakers on the issue, acting AG Noorul Habib Jalal told the Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday: “The Presidential Palace has received a report that a number of attorneys are 12th graders.”
Subsequently, he informed the senators, “we have been directed to ascertain their qualifications.” In compliance with the orders, 212 of the 1,920 attorneys were examined, the acting AG said.
Of those evaluated, 72 were under-graduates, 70 without professional qualifications and 70 others had graduated from military universities. But the test was not aimed at firing the attorneys, he explained.
Five percent of the 212 AGO employees could not answer even ordinary questions, Jalal claimed, saying they would be transferred to other branches and the rest would continue in their positions.
Earlier, public representatives called the test an insult to workers who had years of experience behind them. They warned firing the attorneys could trigger a crisis in the country.
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