PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): A number of protesting teachers in northern Baghlan province on Tuesday claimed they have been not paid salary for the last three months and as a result they struggled with multiple economic issues.
However, provincial Education Department officials rejected their claim, saying a less number of teachers were not paid for only one month due to some technical issues.
Dozens of teachers from Dand-i-Ghori district on Tuesday held a protest gathering here, but some of them refused to mention their names in the report due to security issues in they faced in their area.
Asadullah, a teacher, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had not received their last three months’ salaries.
He said, “Besides other economic issues, my mother is a heart patient and I have no money for her treatment.”
He said there was only a single female teacher in their school and she also told him she had no money to pay for taxi fare.
Mohammad Ashraf, another teacher, told Pajhwok he had been not paid salary for the last three months.
He said they bought goods from shopkeepers in their area and now they were asking for their money.
He urged the education officials in Baghlan to take measures in this regard to ensure teachers honor.
Sardar Gul Qane, headmaster of the Jamiat high school in Baghlan-i-Markazai district, told Pajhwok the protesting teachers had been told to open bank account for receiving their monthly salary, otherwise they will not be paid.
“We agreed to open bank account and now the authorities concerned should pay us our as we have been facing multiple economic issues.’’
A number of other teachers held similar views and urged the authorities to address their problem immediately.
However, Sayed Ismail Mujahid, the education department head, told Pajhwok that a very less number of teachers were not paid in the province.
He said, “Most of the teachers in the province are regularly paid their monthly salary but a less number face this problem due to some technical issues.” He said efforts were underway to pay salary to all teachers.
He called on teachers to open bank account for themselves to receive their monthly salary timely.