Document Type : Research Paper


Herat University, Afghanistan



This qualitative study aimed to investigate Afghan EFL instructors’ perspectives towards the elites’ personal and professional lives under the unstable socio-political situation of Afghanistan, and their impact on university students’ academic achievements. The data were collected through semi-structured face-to-face interviews with 11 EFL instructors of Herat University, Afghanistan. The data were analyzed thematically considering themes such as individual, society, and politi-cians’ as well as authorities’ sapioemotionality. The findings indicated that individual sapioemotionality is high; Afghans appreciate and encourage elites. However, the society’s and politicians’ sapioemotionality is low. The unstable socio-political situation of Afghansitan has always had a negative impact on the professional and personal lives of elites, as a result of this chaotic situation a vast majority of elites and academics fled Afghansiatn and migrated to Western and European countries. The findings also showed that the elites play a positive role in encouraging students’ academic performance. The study’s implications and further research directions were also discussed.