Bamyan teachers protest non-payment of salaries
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Schoolteachers in the Wars district of central Bamyan province staged a protest on Monday over non-payment of salaries, warning to stop compiling students’ result if their problem was not addressed.
Mohammad Anwar Mohammadi, principle of a school in the district, said that they would not complete students if the issue remained unresolved. He added the government would be responsible for the consequences.
According to him, 37,000 students are being taught by thousands of teachers in a hundred schools across the district. “Salary is our right; we don’t know why the government does not pay us,” he asked.
Laila Mohammadi, another protestor, told Pajhwok Afghan News she had traveled a long distance to reach Bamyan City, the provincial capital, to ask for her right, like other colleagues.
“We have been teaching students honestly, but the government should not push us into problems by not paying our salaries,” she remarked, calling it a violation of the contracts they had signed with the education department. They have not received their salaries for eight months.
But Education Director Mohammad Hussain Sharifi explained the contracts signed with the teachers had not been sent yet to district office. He cited a 60 million afghanis shortfall in the department’s budget as another reason.
“This problem cannot be resolved immediately. For any consequences, the ministries of finance and education will be responsible,” he said.
Abdur Rahman Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, promised they would share the problem with the Ministry of Finance. This is not the first time Bamyan teachers are protesting against the non-payment of salaries.
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