2 acting chiefs serving Kandahar education department
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): On the one hand, the education process in southern Kandahar province is impeded by insecurity and other issues and on the other the education department has been a victim of improper competitiveness.
Besides many other issues the education process faces, recently another issue has erupted -- two acting directors running the department.
Despite Mohibullah Qaderi has been appointed as acting-director of the education department by the Kandahar governor, but recently an official named Abdullah Asakzai claims to be appointed as the department’s acting chief by the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Qaderi was appointed as acting head after the former chief Abdul Qader Paiwastoon and Mohammad Ewaz Nazari, his assistant, were dismissed over complaints by people about their involvement in widespread corruption and incompetency to provide necessary services.
Qaderi said he had been appointed by the provincial governor and the MoE. He told Pajhwok Afghan News until a full department head was appointed, he would continue controlling the department’s affairs.
He said the education minister had also verbally appointed him as the acting head, but formal approval was yet to arrive.
Qaderi confirmed Abdullah Asakzai had brought a letter from the MoE confirming his appointment as acting head, but the provincial administration hadn’t approved it yet and he hadn’t been introduced as acting head.
“The Governor’s House hasn’t agreed to Asakzai’s appointment. But the Education Minister has verbally told him that his appointment letter is sent to the Presidential Palace and it will be sent to the province after its approval.”
On the other hand, finance and administrative affairs in-charge at the education department, Abdullah Asakzai, claimed that the MoE had given him an appointment letter to serve as the acting department head.
Asakzai said he paid a visit to Kabul to resolve some administrative works and there he was handed a formal appointment letter by the Education Minister. He said he had shared the letter with the provincial administration, which had agreed to it and only his introduction to the position remained.
Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, acknowledged Asakzai had been issued an appointment letter by the MoE. However, he said the provincial administration had not yet approved it.
Khpalwak said earlier the Governor House with the ministry’s agreement had appointed Qaderi as acting head of the education department, still holding the post.
He said Governor Dr. Homayoon Azizi had introduced some officials to the attorney’s office and had dismissed others as part of his promise to bring about reforms and clean government organizations of corruption.
Due to the governor’s efforts, Paiwastoon and former teaching assistant Mohammad Ewaz Nazarai, were dismissed a few months back and Qaderi was appointed as acting head.
Khpalwak said the main problem lied with the MoE because the ministry made appointments based on connections and relations.
He said the ministry had given appointment letters to three and four persons for a single post. “It has been observed multiple times that the MoE is providing appointment letters for the same very low-key positions at the department to three or four men and all such appointments are based on connections.”
He said the provincial administration had always opposed such appointments, because the MoE was a joint public facility and the Governor House was committed to allowing no one to meddle in the department’s affairs.
He said the provincial administration had directly shared the issue with President Ashraf Ghani, who had promised immediate fundamental changes in the Kandahar education department.
Kandahar residents were also worried about the current situation of the education department. They called on the authorities to implement reforms.
A resident of Kandahar City, Ghulam Sakhi Nooriwal, said the education department was a victim of improper competitiveness at a time when tens of schools were shut and those active lacked standardized education process.
He said strongmen and so-called servants of Kandaharis were busy trying to appoint their own men to posts at the education department.
He asked the president to firstly bring about positive changes to the MoE before improving the situation of the Kandahar education department.
There have long been complaints about embezzlement and graft at the provincial education department.
There are a total of 450 schools in the province, of which 318 are operational. Only 192 schools have buildings.
In addition, people aren’t satisfied with the quality of education and there are imaginary schools as well in some districts and salaries of ghost teachers are transferred to powerful individuals’ bank accounts.
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