Jobless youth burn academic documents
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of youth on Monday set alight their educational documents to protest what they said increasing unemployment and nepotism.
The protesters, numbering around 100, gathered in front of the Habibia High School in Kabul and accused government officials of appointing their cronies to key posts.
Around 20 of the protesting individuals burned their academic documents in protest against widespread corruption in government entities.
Jalil Ahmad, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had graduated from the journalism faculty of Kabul University five years ago, but could not find a permanent job since then.
He was able to work only for one year as a reporter. “Our families supported us for 16 years from school to university, but we are still a burden on them for not having a job.”
Jalil Ahmad added it was unemployment that added to insecurity in the country.
Nimatullah Nazari, holding a degree in literature, said he had applied for many government jobs, but failed to be hired because he had no connections with top government officials.
The protesters also issued a statement asking the government to create jobs and take practical steps toward overcoming unemployment that had turned into a major challenge in the country.
“We want the president to create employment opportunities for the educated youth. We also want the newly-appointed ministers to hire people on merit and according to their qualification,” the statement read.
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