Afghan teachers eying better living condition

By: Masouda Qarizada

Teacher, this spiritual father and mother of student must be praised and respected, because it’s the teacher who teaches and learn reading and writing and produces doctor, minister, engineer, president, professor and philosopher.
Those who are today inventors and professionals and experts are due to efforts and endeavor of teachers. According to Quran and Hadith, the one who teaches me one word is my teacher.
Based on abovementioned instruction, respectation of teacher is incumbent on us. Appreciation and taking care of teachers is the duty of the government. This laborious and spiritual servant requires serious attention. But unfortunately in Afghanistan teachers are leading pitiful socio, economic and moral life. Their conditions are clear from their faces.
Najia Wahdat teacher in a girls’ school said, seven years now I have been a teacher in Qaseem Shaheed girls’ school with Afs 8500 payment per month for a 9 member family which is even not sufficient for our five days expenditures. Often we hear from government and nongovernmental authorities that teachership is a holy job, teacher is father, mother guide and should be appreciated but so far, we have seen no practical step, we request these authorities to focus practical attention to teachers’ improvement of socio, economic and cultural conditions instead of holding so-called functions and long, boring, typical non-sense speeches on celebration of teacher’s day. Abdul Qayoom Jasoor a teacher in Yusuf Elmi school in Kabul said, there is no need for symbolic celebration of teacher’s day. I have been a teacher for over 20 years but still I am living in a rental house. The authorities promised several times to give us piece of land, loan or flats etc but all were false promises. I urge the relevant government authorities to invite attention for improvement of teachers living conditions. Since long times, the teacher’s day has been celebrated on May 24th every year but in 44th UNESCO assembly with the participation of 70 ministers, 27 deputy ministers, 38 observers from 135 countries, 5th of October was approved as the teacher’s day. In 2001, the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE) also decided to celebrate it on 5th of October. 

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