Posted on September 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Education
Sulaimani University, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: Courtesy/univsul.edu.iq
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Eight universities affiliated with Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) warned they will suspend the new academic year and called on the government to respond to their requirements regarding monthly payment.
The universities of Sulaimani, Halabja, Koya, Raparin, Charmo, Garmiyan, Sulaimani Polytechnic and the Kurdistan Board for Strategic Study released a joint statement on Tuesday which said every possibility will be open to teachers if their requests are not met.
“The authorities would be responsible for any result [if the teachers] announced a suspension to education,” the statement said.
The universities also reiterated the “hard economic burden” on the shoulder of the teachers has put the process of education in danger.
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research said he would take the issue to the KRG council of Ministers, the statement continued.
The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union warned educators would not join the new academic year if the KRG failed to respond to teachers’ requirements, which is similarly related to the monthly payment.
Part of KRG employees also went on a strike on Monday and Tuesday due to salary delays.
The economic crisis deepened in the region as the oil price decreased, the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) began in the region and an influx number of Iraqi displaced people and refugees entered the Kurdistan Region.
Government salaries have been plagued by chronic delays since 2014 and Kurdish authorities maintain they are still struggling to catch up on payments.
KRG officials announced a measure to cut government employee salaries earlier this year, but said Peshmerga and employees from the Ministry of the Interior would be exempt.