Students blast delay in night shift studies
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul University’s night shift studies have been postponed for the past two weeks due to a delay in payment of lecturers.
The current academic year started two weeks back but the night’s shift has not yet commenced. Out of 220,000 students who sat for Kankoor or nationwide university entrance examinations, more than 118,000 of them managed to secure seats in universities across Afghanistan.
Around 8,000 students have been enrolled in Kabul University’s night shifts in departments of literature, economics, journalism, law, computer science, and geology.
Some of these students criticized the procrastination in their studies, saying it was because of months of delay in teachers’ salaries.
Manijha Mursal, a psychology student, told Pajhwok Afghan News authorities concerned should resolve the issue as soon as possible. “Nobody cares about our fate. This will negatively impact our academic year.”
Hasibullah Elham, a final year philosophy student, said: “We have informed high-up about the issue.”
The lecturers pointed out that the problem was in the accounting system. Earlier, the night shift lecturers’ salary was part of the general budget but this time they have placed it as part of the development budget.
Sayed Ahmad Shah Sharifi, psychology lecturer, said the delay had happened despite assurances that they received from the Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish.
“We come out of home from 8: 00 am to 8: 00 pm. We don’t even see our children the whole day,” he said, warning they wouldn’t attend the night shifts lectures until they received their salaries.
Ahmad Zia Nekbin, another lecturer, said he was teaching morning as well as evening shifts. “It is not easy to teach three shifts from morning till evening. It requires a lot of energy.”
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