Bamyan education director detained on embezzlement charges
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The education director for central Bamyan province and the education officer for Shebar district have been arrested on charges of embezzling millions of afghanis.
Several education officers and hundreds of teachers have also been banned from leaving the country until they are prosecuted.
Education Director Mohamamd Raza has been detained for allegedly embezzling 90 million afs from the retirement fund of teachers who were not eligible for pension.
The education director was detained on Sunday on charges of corruption and negligence in his duty, Bamyan Governor Mohammad Tahir Zaheer told Pajhwok Afghan News. They would seriously investigate the corruption cases and the individuals involved, he said.
All corruption and embezzlement cases sent by the Attorney General Office were being investigated in the province, the provincial prosecution department head, Abdul Wahab Alokozai, said.
On Sunday, a person who obtained Zaheer’s bail said he did not want to continue his guarantor. Then the director was asked to produce money as bail, but he did not do so and was detained by the department, he said.
Six other mangers of the education department were banned from leaving the country and cases of 576 teachers had been investigated, he said.
He said the cases of the teachers started in 2012 and 2013 when they obtained 90 million afs from the government fund as pension while most of them were not eligible for the retirement fund. He said the teachers had resumed their duties.
However, Acting Education Director Mohammad Ayub Amiri said the retirement process belonged to the Ministry of Education and the admin-finance section of the education department. He said the issue had been assessed by the attorney’s office.
He said in addition to education department employees, principals and headmasters of schools and district education mangers were also being prosecuted by the attorney’s office.
The prosecutor’s office started its investigation from Shebar district and arrested the district education manger, he said.
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