Kurdistan's salary crisis "strikes" the balance of the quality of education...a continuous migration from public to private schools[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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It seems that the financial crisis in the Kurdistan region will not only have negative effects on the humanitarian side and the difficulty of living, but is on its way to destroying the balance map of the quality and levels of the educational process between the public and private sectors, amid a continuing migration of “distinguished” people from government schools that are on permanent strike, towards schools. Continuing civil society, which is still able to provide the salaries of its employees.
The strike is still continuing in the schools of Sulaymaniyah, Halabja, and the Garmian administration only, with work continuing in Erbil and Dohuk, where a teachers’ strike has been announced since September 9 until now, at a time when the official working hours were supposed to begin on September 13.
Distinguished people migrate from government to private
President of the Kurdistan Teachers Union, Ahmed Garmian, confirmed today, Friday (September 29, 2023), that the financial crisis and the teachers’ strike every year led to a setback that befell public education.
Garmian said in an interview with "Baghdad Today" that "the ongoing strike today by educational staff has led to the recovery of private schools, and the affected person is the poor citizen who does not have the means."
He added that he "contacted one school with 25 outstanding students in the sixth grade of middle school, and it turned out that 15 of them moved to private schools during the current year due to the ongoing strike, and this matter will cause great harm to public education."
Civil and “Tishreen” organizations get involved
In this context, a delegation of representatives of the protesting teachers’ movement in Sulaymaniyah held a meeting with activists from Tishreen and the civil movements in the capital, Baghdad.
Ali Abbas, an activist from the Al-Tajdid Organization for Community Development, said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the delegation of teachers whose salaries are delayed held a meeting in Baghdad in the presence of activists from Tishreen, civil society, a number of civil parties, and a number of those interested in human rights issues.”
He added, "During the meeting, we listened to the demands and concerns that bring us together, their living conditions, and their failure to receive their salaries for nearly four months until now."
He stated that "the strike of students and teachers taking place today and their calls to convey their demands to decision-makers and to keep the people's livelihood away from the political conflict between the federal government and the regional government were discussed."
He pointed out that "it was agreed to continue joint work between us, away from the parties in power in the region and the center, to remove injustice against them and support their legitimate demands."
450 billion dinars out of 700
So far, 450 billion dinars have reached the Kurdistan Regional Government out of 700 billion dinars approved by the Council of Ministers headed by Al-Sudani as a loan to pay the salaries of Kurdistan employees. These amounts are supposed to be used to distribute July salaries, as the region’s employees have still not received their July and August salaries, while Ministries in other governorates have begun funding salaries for this September.
The Kurdistan region needs more than 900 billion dinars per month for the salaries of its employees, while estimates differ between the federal government in Baghdad and the regional government on this number due to the difference in estimates of the number of employees.
Source: Baghdad Today