Teachers of Duz Khurmatu Kurdish schools boycott classes

November 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Salahaddin- Rapid Response Force deployed in Duz Khurmatu, February 2017

Layla Ahmed- Salahaddin

Teachers of a number of Kurdish schools in Duz Khurmatu, Salahaddin province on Monday boycotted classes and threatened to continue their strike if they did not receive last month’s salaries which were stolen by unknown gunmen.

Muhammad Khalid, a teacher at Ftwa School told KirkukNow that the entire staff of the school has collected signatures and decided collectively to boycott classes until their salaries are paid.

He noted that they have informed the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi federal government about the problem.

“The KRG has not responded to our request while the federal government is unable to do anything about it because our salaries are on the payroll of the KRG”.

He also referred to a recent initiative by some religious men in Duz Khurmatu to collect donations for the teachers but the whole matter was rejected by the Kurdistan Teachers Union.

the federal government is unable to compensate the teachers because their salaries are on the payroll of the KRG

Salar Ali Muhammad, an assistant manager at Ftwa School, said his school was the first to announce the boycott, indicating that other schools have also decided to join them.

Meanwhile, Tariq Ahmed, director of Kurdish Education in Duz Khurmatu said, “the KRG ministry of education is not ready to re-allocate the stolen monthly salaries but says it will do what it can to compensate them”.

He added that they have two options: either the KRG compensates the teachers or a campaign should be launched to collect donations.

On October 9, 2018 Unknown gunmen stole a total of 100 million Iraqi dinars before it was transferred to Duz Kurmatu. The money had been sent by the Kurdistan Regional government to be distributed to teachers of a number of Kurdish schools in the town.

The salaries of Kurdish school teachers in the territories disputed by Baghdad and Erbil are being provided by the KRG.

Kurdish education was banned in those territories until the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Duz Khurmatu is a disputed territory in Salahaddin province located 88 km south of Kirkuk and is inhabited by Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen.

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