KABUL – Afghanistan. “Join the most experienced team,” reads a poster outside the “Scholars House”, a language academy in Kabul that used to offer English classes.
Dari and Pashto are the two major official languages of Afghanistan used in schools as a medium of instruction. In the last few years, some young students learnt English as a second language.
A large number of English language centres have been affected by the recent events in Kabul. They have been forced to close their doors to avoid financial losses. It has led to rising unemployment and declining incomes for hundreds of English instructors. They either have to find another job or leave the country to earn a living.
After 14 years of teaching English, Mr. Rajabali Ahmadi is now nearing the end of his career. His classes ended a few days ago, on October 11, 2021. The instructors and their principal have now been added to the ranks of the unemployed in Afghanistan. These days in Kabul, “the sun is setting more sadly,” he says.