"My name is Torpekai and I am a teacher at Sayed Yusuf Elmi high school. I have been teaching  for 27 years in different schools.

A teacher's salary relates to the period of their service and educational background.  According to this my salary should increase to $100-150 a month.

One of the reasons I teach is money, even though there is obviously not enough money in education in Afghanistan.

I have not been paid for a long time but I am 100 per cent sure I will be paid for the next few months.

It is so hard to get to school, there is no transport for us but when you look at the young generation in my country today it makes me sad and the poor conditions of the students has made me continue teaching.

I go to school simply because of those children. They are in a newly established school and still have hope even though they go barefoot with just a small piece of bread to eat sometimes.

It is difficult to get to school every day but when I go there it gives me energy and moral and when I come home I tell my children that they should be thankful because there are a lot of children who have a really poor life.

'Negative impact'

The long civil war in my country has had a very negative impact on my family's life.

My brother died in the civil war in Paghman just 20 days before my husband was killed. Then just days later two of my children were killed in a rocket attack – one son and one daughter, they were 13 and 14.

I am still under the influence of my in-law's family. When my husband died I was 20 years old and the government gave me a flat.

My brother-in-law was a fighter with the mujahidin and he always threatened me that I should either marry him or he would kill or kidnap my children.

I didn't want to get married the second time because I wanted to live with my three children but one day my mother told me that he was a bad man and could do anything he wanted to me so I should marry him.

I accepted my mother's words and I married him. My 13-year-old son Walid is his.

He beat Hadya, my daughter from my first husband and instructed Walid to hit my daughters.

'Temporary happiness'

Afghans don't like divorcing. I wanted to get divorce and separate from him but I have children. It is not possible. 

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One month ago I decided to separate from him and even have a letter from the local court. My husband now claims the house that was originally given to my first husband by the ministry of the interior is his.

I am not sure how it is possible to get separated from him and he may take revenge on me wherever I am in Afghansitan.

I feel so bad while I am at home but when I come to school I am happy but this is temporary happiness.

Things have changed a lot in education in Afghanistan.

Till the end of Dr.[Mohammed] Najibulla's time as president in 1992 the education was very good. Our salaries as teachers were less but prices were also lower. Girls and boys were freely going to school.

When the Mujahadin took over Kabul, changes came to education in Afghanistan and then when the Taliban came to power the teachers had to stay home. It was chaos.

But in the last few years, the education system has become better because the children whether they live near or far are coming to school with great passion.

Things are still bad. Security is bad, fighting is going on and things are very expensive and whoever comes to power all seem to be the same with a huge gap between the government and the people.

Any overseas assistance should be channeled into schools directly not through the ministers.

I think the ministers still think about themselves. Nepotism, ethnic interests, regional interests is the priority that is why the budget doesn't reach people.

We cannot predict the future that what will happen but the families should always send their children to school."

Source: Al Jazeera