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Kama teachers’ strike affecting students

Kama teachers’ strike affecting students

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Feb 09, 2017 - 00:21

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): School teachers have been on strike in the Kama district of eastern Nangarhar province over the past 20 days, affecting 40,000 students.

The teachers have been protesting against non-distribution of land plots which had been promised to them years ago.

One of the striking teachers, Mahir Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 860 teachers had not been attending classes in protest against the government over giving on lease to someone the land allotted to the teacher township.

He said the township was located near Sarband, from where teachers could easily go to their schools and there was no security problem where the township was located.

He said the land had been first allotted to teachers but now it had been given on lease.

Another teacher, Khyber Yasini, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had erected tent at the site of the township and they would not remove the tent until the land was returned to them.

He asked the provincial administration and the educationinfo-icon department to resolve their problem, otherwise they would continue boycotting classes.

On the other hand, provincial education department officials schools had been shut in Kamda district due to the teachers’ strike, affecting 40,000 children.

Mohammad Asif Shinwari, the education department spokesman, said the teachers’ strike had rendered closed 30 small and big schools in the district over the past 20 days.

He said the township land had not been given to the education department and the land was not fit for construction of homes.

He said the township land belonged to the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon and the teachers would be granted a land which belonged to the education ministry and was not disputed.

The governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said advisor to the president on tribal affairs, Qamrudi, had arrived in Nangarhar at the head of a delegation which had entered talks with the protesting teachers.

He said the said land was not suitable for construction of homes from engineering perspective and the provincial government was trying to find alternate land for the teacher township.

He said the teachers were expected to end their strike on Saturday.

All Afghanistaninfo-icon federation of tarad Union head Dr. Mohammad Liaqat Adil said protest was the teachers’ right, but their protest should not affect students.

He urged the government to fulfill its promise about the land plots with teachers.

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