New teach­ers still wait for their first pay

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) ap­pointed a few thou­sand teach­ers for the ele­men­tary and high schools across the three prov­inces of Er­bil, Duhok, and Sulaimaniya and the Garmiyan area. Although, the teach­ers, who were mostly hired for the dis­tant vil­lages and towns, started teach­ing three months ago, they have yet to re­ceive their first pay.

Many of the teach­ers have spent hun­dreds of thou­sands of di­nars from their own pocket to pay for their daily ex­penses. Oth­ers were forced to bor­row money from their friends, while some are still sup­ported fi­nan­cially by their par­ents. Hemin Ah­mad grad­u­ated in Sala­haddin Univer­sity's Ed­u­ca­tion Col­lege last year and was hired by the KRG to teach in a dis­tant vil­lage. He said, "I have been teach­ing since al­most three months ago but haven't got paid yet. I still get money from my fa­ther for food and trans­porta­tion."

Although, the KRG has pro­vided some teach­ers in the re­mote vil­lages with dor­mi­to­ries, and kerosene for heat­ing pur­poses, Ah­mad said he still spends a lot of money for food and trans­porta­tion.

Sar­dar Am­jard is an­other new teacher in a vil­lage which is 100 kilo­me­ters from Er­bil city cen­ter. He and his wife, Chi­nar Ha­mad, who is also a teacher, are liv­ing in a rented house and have been teach­ing in the vil­lage for over three months. They crit­i­cize the government for de­lay­ing their pay.

"I un­der­stand that paying 17,000 newly ap­pointed peo­ple in pub­lic sec­tor takes time, but not that long. I feel em­bar­rassed to ask my fa­ther to give me money for rent. Peo­ple af­ter mar­riage aren't sup­posed to be fi­nan­cially sup­ported by their par­ents, but I am still sup­ported by my fa­ther," Am­jad said dis­ap­point­edly.

Fresh teach­ers in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion make 550,000 to 600,000 di­nars monthly and the government pays an­other 60,000 di­nars for those who teach in dis­tant vil­lages. Due to the rel­a­tively low pay for teach­ing in pub­lic schools, most of the teach­ers rely on sec­ond jobs out­side of teach­ing.

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