Tuesday, October 5, is World Teacher’s Day and is usually celebrated across Afghanistan but this year no official ceremony was held.
Nevertheless, some students celebrated the day, which comes as female students over Grade Six have not been allowed back to school.
A number of female teachers said they are disappointed that after gaining higher education degrees they are not able to teach.
“I am disappointed because those who have studied hard and obtained even master’s degrees are unable to work and teach,” said Saeda Sadat, a teacher.
Laili Bashar Khamosh, a manager of a private school in Kabul, said the mothers of some students are teachers, but they are at home right now. “Today our students came here and congratulated us on the occasion of teacher’s day, but themselves were very unhappy.”
Sumaia Sharifi, a student said, “this celebration was not the celebration I expected. I expected more and had more plans.”
Meanwhile, a number of teachers said they have not been paid their salaries for three months, and they face severe financial problems. “This is a very difficult situation for a teacher whose food and cloths comes from their salary,” said Sayed Rasool Karimi, a teacher.
The Ministry of Education, however, in a statement congratulated the teachers on teacher’s day and said that it will try to address the teachers’ problems.