Govt committed to resolving teachers’ problems: Minister
Speaking at a ceremony marking the Teachers’ Day, Balkhi said his ministry had enough budget for its development projects. He said currently over 500 schools had been closed due to insecurity and other problems.
“Conscious nations always honour their teachers and their position in the society,” he said, adding that development and success in a society resulted from teachers’ tireless efforts.
The education minister said efforts were underway to resolve teachers’ problems and promises made with them would be honoured keeping in view the available resources.
He said around 10,000 vacancies for teacher posts existed across the country and the hiring process was ongoing. He said the ministry had enough budget for construction of schools, buying stationary and building capacity and they were being utilised according to the needs.
Dozens of schools across 19 provinces were closed down in June as a result of teachers’ strike demanding salary increment and an end to their housing problems.
Balkhi said there had been reduction in teaching hours and distribution of land plots to teachers was underway and more facilities would be provided to them after amendments in the civil servants’ law.
He said increment in wages was not possible this year because it was related to the fiscal year’s budget.
Abdul Haq, principal of the Omara Khan high school in Kabul, said more than 80 percent of the promises by the education minister had been honoured. He urged fellow teachers to avoid expectations that were beyond the capability of the education ministry.
Haji Muzafar, Mahdia high school teacher, however, said none of the promises had been met. He said a majority of the teachers had not been allocated residential plots, their salaries had not been increased and there was no improvement in their position.
Without going into details, the education minister said between 400 to 500 schools remained closed in south, southeast and other instable parts of the country.
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