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Residential plots issue: Teachers shut down 71 schools in Khost in protest

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A teachers strike demanding residential plots closed down at least 71 schools in the southeastern Khost provinces.

The teachers in Tanai and Gurbuz districts of the province launched a strike and said that they haven’t received the land plots allotted to them by the government.

The teachers held a gathering in Tanai district, where they called on the government to distribute the allotted land plots to teachers. They said that land allotted for teachers in Tanai district has now been grabbed by other people. They alleged that officials and strongmen were involved in the land grabbing.  They said that the residential scheme has completed all the legal procedures nine years ago, but the government is yet to distribute them the lands.

The strike has affected 85,000 students.

Badsha Mauslimyar, a teacher from Tanai district, said that the government should stop paying them with lip service and instead should practically start distribution of plots.

The teachers alleged that the government has turned blind eye and deaf ear to the issue. They warned to continue their strike, if the government didn’t address their demands.

Matiullah Fazli, the deputy education director of Khost province, admitted that powerful figures and some other people have grabbed the land allotted for teachers in Segi area of Tanai district. “No one has the right to close down schools,” Pajhwok Afghan News quoted Fazli as saying.

He said that the strike has deprived and 41,000 boys 17,000 girls of studies over the past three days. He added that they will spare no efforts to resolve the issue.

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