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ATVI owes teachers $1 million in unpaid salaries

ATVI owes teachers $1 million in unpaid salaries

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Sep 03, 2018 - 21:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former teachers at the Afghanistaninfo-icon Training and Vocational Institute (ATVI) on Monday claimed their two years’ salaries were pending with the institute.

Reaching 13 in number, they introduced themselves as former teachers at the ATVI and said the institute had not paid around 100 teachers their salaries for eight months to two years.

Khalid Shinwari, a former teacher of the institute, said he served as teacher at the institute and left his work because he was not paid salary.

He accused the ATVI founder Sardar Mohammad Roshan of embezzling the institute funds.

He said they had approached the Educationinfo-icon Ministry, the complaint commission of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and the Attorney General Office, but received no response from them.  He said they would protest until their pending salaries were released.

But Sardar Mohammad Roshan, who is a presidential advisor as well, said they could not pay salaries after foreign aid faded away. “Whatever funds we had, we released them,” he said.

Sardar acknowledged salaries from one month to 44 months to around 300 workers could not be paid. The salaries amount to $1 million in total.

Roshan, however, alleged that today’s protest had been organized by an individual named Mirwias who was expelled from the institute by force.

He said individuals who took part in the protest were not former employees of ATVI but Mirwais assembled them in his own interest.

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