In Baghlan, you can buy a teaching job for 80,000afs
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Residents of northern Baghlan province, alleging rampant corruption in the appointment of teachers, claim a vacancy is sold by the education department for 80,000 afghanis.
Nooria, a resident of the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News she received her bachelor degree three years ago, but she was still looking for a teaching job despite applying to the education department several times.
She charged some graduates from higher education institutes were able to get the job by paying bribes.“The employment process is full of corruption; you will not be appointed if you don’t pay 80,000 afghanis or have friends in the relevant office.”
A teacher, who wished not to be named,revealed: “I was appointed to a Pul-i-Khumri school six months ago in return for a bribe of more than 80,000 afghanis. All officers from the school principal to education department staff are corrupt.”
Education officials, meanwhile, confirmed corruption in the department. Ghulam Mohiuddin Paikan, who took charge as education director last week, told Pajhwok he had appointed a special team to identify problems and fix them.
“I have also received information about corruption, absenteeism and misuse of authority in the education department,” he said, warning the officers involved in embezzlement of funds would be referred to the attorney office.
He added about 49 percent of schools in the province did not have their own buildings.More than three months into the new academic year, many school students in Khost Farang and Andarabha areas complain about a shortage of textbooks, he said.
Shah Mohammad, a resident of Khost Farang area, said: “Six school-going children of my family have not been giventextbooks. The school administration says say the education department has not sentthe books yet.”
Mohammad said books were available at the education department but he did not know why they were not distributed to schools.
Education Director Ghulam Mohiuddin Paikan confirmed complaints from some students about the non-availability of textbooks. “Despite dollops of foreign aid, a number of Baghlan schools still lack equipment.”
There are more than 530 schools in Baghlan province. But eight of them in Tala Wa Barfak district and seven others on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri have been closed due to insecurity.Nearly 1,100,000 students including girls and boys are enrolled in these schools.
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