Teachers end month-long strike after assurances
Ghulam Jailani Humayooni, deputy education minister, said two demands of the teachers regarding promotions and reduction in teaching hours have been met. He said in line with their authorities they would also work to meet other demands of teachers such as salary increment and distribution of residential plots.
Almost one month back, teachers of several schools in capital Kabul and 19 other provinces went on strike asking for salary increment and residential plots.
They accused President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for not honouring his promises to teachers he had made six months earlier.
Istiqlal, Habibia, Sardar Kabuli, Mehrabuddin, Ghazi Ade, Abdul Ali Mustaghni, Guzargah, Aqa Ali Shams, Aimani and Brishnakot were among the schools closed in Kabul due to the strikes.
Shamsullah Haqani, speaking as representative of the teachers, said the government would be responsible for all the consequences if it did not honour its promises to teachers.
Humayun Pajhman, a teacher at Habibia High School, said they decided to end their strike after assurances from national assembly, ministries of education, justice and finance to look into their problems.
In the backdrop of teachers’ strike, reports said that one million students majority of them from Kabul remained out of schools across the country.
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