Education ministry fails to spend $134m fund
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Minister of Education Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi on Wednesday said because of officials’ inefficiency the ministry failed to spend $134 million assistance of international community to improve the country’s vital sector.
Speaking at a gathering attended by students and officials in western Herat province, the minister said investigations showed the amount could not be spent due to administrative corruption within the ministry and lack of capacity of officials.
He said the amount should have been spent over different development projects until September 2015, but it wasn’t allocated due to inefficiency of officials.
Officials said they contacted the Ministry of Finance to extend the period for spending the amount for another one year in which they would focus over capacity building of officials and improve the infrastructure of schools.
Residential plots would be allocated for teachers, he said, adding that the council of minister intervened in the process and in the first stage plots would be specified for teachers in townships and in the long term homes would be built for them.
Separately, some teachers staged a protest during the address of education minister demanding salaries which had been delayed from the past eight months.
The protesting teachers warned they would close schools if their salaried were not paid.
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