Students may no longer suffer: Muslimyar
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday said teachers’ grievances should be addressed jointly by the parliament and the Education Ministry, insisting students should no longer suffer.
Over the past nine days, school teachers in Kabul and several provinces have been on strike, demanding salary increment and land plots to build homes.
The schools which have been closed as a result of the strike in Kabul include Isteqlal, Habibia, Sardar Kabuli, Mehrabuddin, Ghazi Ade, Guzargah, Aqa Ali Shams, Aimani and Brishnakot.
The protesting teachers say the president has failed to honour his election promises since taking office in late September.
Last year, President Ghani directed all the governors to identify land plots for 130,000 teachers across the country and hand them over to the Ministry of Education.
He had also promised to form a commission to bring about changes to the civil service laws and issue teachers long-term loans to construct homes for themselves.
Muslimyar said: “All demands of the teachers cannot be met in one day. If there is a legal problem, the national assembly will resolve it.”
“The demands should exceed the government’s ability to meet them. If the Ministry of Education can afford these demands, then the ministry and the national assembly should work jointly to meet them,” he continued.
Muslimyar insisted work on a joint mechanism by the assembly, the ministry of education and teachers to end the strike soon.
He directed the Senate religious, cultural and education commission to pursue the matter with teachers and officials of the education ministry, urging the government to meet legitimate demands of the teachers.
Senator Lailuma Ahmadi warned if the strikes expanded, thousands of students would remain out of schools.
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