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Higher Education Law: Lecturers boycott classes, exams

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Hundreds of state-owned universities lecturers boycotted classrooms, winter semester examinations and university entrance test in protest at the recent presidential decree.

The president had issued a decree about enforcing the pending Higher Education Law, when the lawmakers were gone on summer recess. The decree was widely criticized by the lecturers. According to the new law, enforced through the decree, nearly 2,800 senior and experienced teachers of the public universities would be dismissed and retired “forcefully”.

Kabul News in a report said that the teachers termed the new law harmful for the education system and said they would not accept the law.

The lecturers also said that they would continue the boycott until their demands were met.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Higher Education stopped paying salaries to the teachers delivering lectures at the evening classes.

Reacting to the decision, the teachers said that the recent decision would create more challenges in front of the education sector, teachers and students. They said the decision is an injustice to the students.

The protesting lecturers said that the new law was supported by those who had fake degrees and wanted to accommodate themselves in the universities.

Students asked the government to resolve the problem as it would put their future at stake. They also urged the teachers to end their boycott and take the winter examination.

The education and higher education commission of the Wolesi Jirga said that it would bring necessary changes into the draft law.