A representative for teachers in Sulaimani speak to reporters, September 21, 2020.
Photo: Esta Media Network
“We refuse the resumption of education this year until our demands are met,” teachers’ representative said in a press conference in Sulaimani on Monday (September 21).
The representative added that they would go on a strike and resume protests across the Kurdistan Region if the government did not respond to their demands, including payment on time.
Schools have been closed in the Kurdistan Region since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“No mechanisms will be successful for resuming education unless the teachers’ salaries are paid in full and every month,” the representative told reporters.
He warned that the process of education “is on the edge of collapse” in the Kurdistan Region.
The Kurdistan Region is facing an economic crisis due to falling of oil prices, Baghdad’s decision to halt sending salaries of the Region’s civil servants and the coronavirus pandemic.
As a large portion of the Region’s revenue relies exclusively on oil exports, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has failed to pay salaries of the months of April, May, June, July and August to its civil servants.