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Outcry as teachers delayed plots in Logar

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Outcry as teachers delayed plots in Logar

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Feb 06, 2017 - 21:17

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Schoolteachers in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province have accused the district chief of halting plots distribution to them under a residential scheme, a claim the district chief rejected on Monday.

Noor Ahmad, a teacher at the central High School, said the teacher township was inaugurated two months ago but teachers were not given the plots.

“Provincial officials came, they inaugurated the township and ordered the distribution of plots to teachers, but the district chief has been showing laziness.”

Ahmad said they had discussed the issue twice with the district chief, but he refused to start the distribution of plots.

“It is our right, if the district chief did not respond positively, we will launch a protest movement,” he warned.

Samiullah, a teacher at Dahno High School, accused the district chief of improper behavior in the plots’ distribution process.

He said: “After a long time the plots were approved for teachers. There is no legal issue and the district chief should start plots distribution.”

Lailuma, a teacher at the Mughalkhel Girls School, said: “Teachers come from poor segments of societyinfo-icon and they need to be uplifted not suppressed.”

She said the Mohammad Agha district chief, who heads the plots distribution commission, should start the process quickly.

Other teachers held similar views and demanded early distribution of plots as most teachers were without homes.

Mohammad Shapor Arab, the educationinfo-icon department spokesman, said the distribution of plots to teachers in Mohammad Agha district was approved and the township inaugurated two months back.

Arab also accused the town’s administrative chief of suspending the plots distribution process.

“All legal processes are complete, as per principles the town’s administrative chief is the head of the plots distribution commission and empowered to start the plot distribution to teachers and school administrative staff,” he said.

Arab said there were 280 teachers in the district and teachers having one year experience were eligible for receiving plots.

He said all teachers had filled and submitted necessary forms to the district chief. “I don’t know why the district chief has stopped the process and put us in a huge trouble,” said Arab.

He said as many as 30,991 students, including 10,000 girls, were enrolled in 70 schools in Mohammad Agha district.

But Mohammad Naseer Ahmad Amin, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had received no orders from the provincial government to start distribution of plots to teachers.

He said he had no personal issue with teachers and was just awaiting orders from the governor’s house.

“I have sent a formal letter to the governor and the process of plot distribution will be started upon the arrival of orders,” he said.

But the provincial government spokesman, Saleem Saleh, said the district chief should have started the distribution process earlier. He pledged to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

As many as 307 schools have been operational in Logar with around 130,000 students studying in them.

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