October 14, 2020 | government

Halabja, Sulaimani teacher pay strikes press pause on the school year

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — The new academic year has commenced in the Kurdistan Region, and Pana, 9, and Pavel, 7, would normally be back at school. Instead, they are at home playing PUBG.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ordered for most school lessons to be taught online, and for schools to reopen for students in grades one, two and twelve.

But in Sulaimani, Halabja, and the Garmiyan and Raparin administrative units, teachers suffering from months of pay delays are on strike. They say they will restart teaching if they get paid every month, and on time.

'We ask for our salaries so that we can do our duty,' teacher Khalid Mohammed said. 'If we don't get paid, we can't do our work.'

In Sulaimani, the education directorate has been left worried by the number of students missing out on teaching. But the teachers say they have been left with no choice.

'Striking is not a solution, but we had no other option,' teacher Abdullah Fatah said.


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