Tue, Sep

Teachers Cry Foul on World Teacher's Day


International Teacher's Day was celebrated in Kabul on Monday at a time when most teachers are subjected to financial hardships and poor living conditions, they say.
According to them this is because of the governments lack of attention paid to them.

Education Minister, Assadullah Hanif Balkhi, while praising talented teachers, vowed to address their situation.
"Improving teachers' lives has been the top priority in our programs and I will not leave any stone unturned to improve their lives all over the country," the minister vowed.

Last year, President Ashraf Ghani directed the concerned organizations to distribute land to all teachers around the country but this has not yet been implemented.
"All governors and local officials will be directed to urgently act in distributing residential land to teachers and we assure you that this process will be completed within six months," Ghani said at the time.

Nusrat Begum who has worked as a teacher for the past 36 years, says teachers are paid the least among all government officials and that the government has not addressed their problems.
"Teachers in Afghanistan have to come to school and educate their students despite the challenges they face in their lives. They fulfill their responsibility in its best form," she added.
Analysts believe that economic problems among teachers will affect education and that to improve education their problems should be addressed.