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Salaries of Maroof district teachers again suspended

Salaries of Maroof district teachers again suspended

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Mar 29, 2017 - 21:22

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The governor has once again suspended salaries to what an official said on Wednesday “ghost teachers” in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province.

The move comes days after a Pajhwok Afghan News report based on people’s complaints said “there is no school in Maroof district and salaries in the name of dozens of teachers go to private pockets.”

Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalawak, told Pajhwok Afghan News Governor Dr. Mohammad Humayun Azizi made the decision during a meeting with the Youth Consultative Board at the Governor’s House.  

Besides Maroof district, salaries to “ghost teachers” in other districts were also ordered stopped, he said.

Khpalwak said the governor had decided to dispatch a reliable delegation to Maroof and other districts where complaints had been lodged to investigate the issue.

Kandahar educationinfo-icon department officials welcomed the step. The department spokesman, Nazar Mohammad Samimi, said they welcomed efforts of the provincial administration at bringing about reforms, capacity building and preventing corruption and praised monitoring and investigation by civil societyinfo-icon activists, media outlets, reporters and the nation.

He said earlier a delegation was sent to Maroof district to investigate non-existence of schools and teachers in the district and the delegation had shared its report with the provincial administration.

Samimi said his department was ready to cooperate with the provincial government in unearthing ghost schools and teachers.

Earlier salaries of 700 teachers in Maroof district had been suspended after public complaints in the district.

However, later a delegation sent by the education department to the district confirmed the presence of schools in the district.

But then more than 300 tribal elders, prayer leaders, teachers and influential figures from the district met the provincial education director for three days and protested the suspension. The provincial administration was eventually forced to resume giving salaries to the ‘teachers’.

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