By: Shukria Kohistani
Officials for the ministry of education say nearly 74 percent financial payments within the ministry of education are or expected to be executed electronically.
A spokesperson to the ministry of education says in accordance to the program it is determined that all financial payments of the ministry to its teachers and employees are executed electronically.
The ministry of education is considered as one the most populated government institutions in civil services system as the increasing number of employees of civil services of the government are working in this institution.
It is believed that by electronization of the ministry’s financial system transparency will be created.
“This program is aimed to create transparency in financial payments, prevent from illegal extortions and provide peace of mind for employees of the ministry and timely salary payment,” said Nooria Nazhat, a spokesperson to the ministry of education.
According to the spokesperson the ministry of education, salaries of 195,275 teachers and employees are executed through banking payroll and mini mobile.
Nazhat further said that salaries of 66 percent of teachers and employees in the ministry of education are executed through bank systems, while salaries of eight percent of employees in 44 districts of the country are executed and paid through mobiles.
According to the ministry of education, salaries of teachers and employees of the ministry in 183 districts of Laghman, Paktika, Panjshir, Nuristan, Zabul, Khost, Takhar, Balkh, Logar, Parwan, Badakhshan, Farah, Baghlan, Helmand, Daikundi, Nangarhar, Paktia and Kunar are executed through finance personnel of the ministry due to insecurities and technical challenges in the respective districts. In connection with financial systems and payments in the ministry of education, a number of teachers in their interviews with The Kabul Times said electronically execution of salaries through payroll is good in current circumstances, but complaining that salaries were not executed on its time.
“Salaries of school teachers are not executed every month,” said Hasina, a school teacher. She said that salaries of teachers were executed every other month, which has created problems for teachers, asking the ministry of education for timely execution of teachers’ salaries as teachers had no other channels to make money.
Meanwhile, an Afghan economist Saifuddin Saihoon by pointing to electronically execution of teachers’ salaries said electronically financial payments within the ministry of education could maintain transparency.
“In today’s world, all payments and business are executed electronically as the system maintains transparency,” Saihoon said, adding that the systems used in Afghanistan can be inactive due to lack of electricity in the country.
If the ministry of education executes all financial payments through electronic system in all provinces of the country, it will be considered as positive step towards transparency. But, in some provinces and a large number of districts, salaries of teachers and employees of the ministry are still executed physically, which has raised concerns of most of teachers and employees in remote districts of the country.