Graft, nepotism hit Badakhshan education dept hard
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): As many as 634 posts in the education department of northeastern Badakhshan province have been occupied by acting officials, a probe team has found.
The investigative delegation from the Ministry of Education (MoE) said the education department of Badakhshan was hit hard by mismanagement, corruption and administrative disorder.
Qais Mahrin, senior advisor to the education minister, who headed the three-member delegation to Badakhshan, said their visit came in response to the request by provincial council members, local elders and lawmakers.
He said the delegation, during its investigation, learnt that 634 posts at the education department were being headed by acting officials who enjoyed the backing of powerful individuals.
Their family and other relations also played a key role in allowing them to remain on these posts in acting capacity, he said.
Mahrin said eligible individuals coming through transparent means were not allowed to occupy these positions and those with strong reference and relations were preferred and hired.
The advisor said the process of appointing 642 teachers, which had been halted by the former governor, was re-launched after hurdles in the process were removed.
Mehrin said: “In the past, teachers were hired on contract basis, who were not qualified, but this year bachelor’s degree holders and qualified teachers would be hired in schools.”
He said they had evidence showing the orders of the education minister had been discarded by school directors and principles keeping personal interests supreme.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Sharif Mubariz, head of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) in Badakhshan, said discharging duty by acting officials had a negative impact on the performance of the education department’s administration.
He alleged the education department’s human resource section had no proper understanding with IARCSC and therefore acting officials continued to work on key posts.
But Lotfullah, the human resource officer at the Badakshan education department, said the removal of acting officials was a time-consuming process. He added officials did not accept their transfer unless they accepted the area where they were being stationed.
Syed Mohammad Shamsher, an employee of the education department, said he had been on the post for the past two years.
He got 70 marks in a competitive test for promotion and his colleague who got 60 marks was able to get the promotion. He said he had been a victim of injustice.
The investigative delegation submitting its report to the Education Ministry hoped some reshuffle might take place in the Badakhshan education department to end the ongoing mismanagement.
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