Lawmakers seek end to university professors’ strike
The professors of Kabul university, Kabul medical university, polytechnic and education university have been on strike that entered a sixth day on Wednesday, as they seek changes in the higher education law.
They maintain if the law approved by the president through a legislative decree is not amended, they would continue their strike.
They say based on the presidential decree more than 2,500 professors would be dropped from their roles and 785 more would be retired.
Obaidullah Barekzai, a lawmaker from central Uruzgan province, said: “the presidential decree regarding the higher education law is illegal. The government is trying to remove professional teachers from universities.”
He said the professors’ strike was making uncertain the fate of students and the government and parliament should take steps in this regard.
Ghulam Hussain Naseri, an MP from Maidan Wardak province, said: “If the professors’ demands are not met, universities in Kabul will run out of professional cadres.”
He urged the house to convene an extra-ordinary session in this regard. “The fate of the legislative decree should be specified so that the problems of the professors can be resolved.”
Haji Zahir Qadeer, first deputy speaker, also stressed the demands of the professors should be met and the presidential decree should be sent to the house soon for a decision.
He also tasked the education and higher education commissions to convince the striking professors to call off their strike in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Dducation.
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