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Taliban ask teachers to compile results in their presence

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Taliban ask teachers to compile results in their presence

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May 19, 2017 - 00:23

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Some teachers in eastern Nangarhar province have accused the Taliban of interfering in their work, saying they have been warned not to prepare results without being supervised by the insurgents.

The Taliban have allegedly ordered teachers in Khanikhel and other districts not to go to banks to collect salaries and receive pay from accountants within schools. The rebels also insist on supervising compilation of results.

A teacher from Ghanikhel, who wished not to be named, said he had a verbal clash with the Taliban last month over their increasing meddling in school affairs, including the payment of salaries in their presence.

Another teacher said: “The Taliban haven’t advanced a clear argument for teachers receiving salaries through banks. Some Taliban may be among the teachers who can’t go to banks. Maybe there is some other reason.”

School staffers believe that Taliban’s pressure tactics are aimed at forcing teachers to quit their jobs and let their associates fill the posts. But the move may also scare away students, they say.

Subjects like culture and arts have already been banned by the Taliban, one teacher claimed. Instead, he revealed, there were six Talimul Islam (Teaching of Islam) periods daily.

Education Director Taj Mohammad acknowledged the problems created by the Taliban. He said they had been threatened by the Taliban on the issue of salary payments through banks.

Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the education department, also confirmed teachers had been restricted from going to banks, which were under threat of attack. He said for the time being, salaries were sent to schools.

Shinwari rejected Taliban interference in school results, but acknowledged the ban on certain subjects and introduction of new ones by the militants.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they were involved in the result compilation process was to ensure transparency and fairness.

He added they had barred teachers from getting salaries through banks in order to block payments to ghost teachers and ensure deserving ones were given wages.

nh/mud