Jalalabad: The country’s public universities opened on Wednesday for the first time since the Taliban took over Afghanistan last year. With the opening of the university, the girl students along with the students finally returned to the campus.
Although the Taliban administration did not officially announce its plans for girls studying at the university, media reports quoted education officials as saying that the girl students were allowed to attend classes on the condition that they study. Will stay separate from the boys who came.
Nangarhar University in Jalalabad was one of the major government universities that reopened this week. According to media reports, girls and boys entered Nangarhar University through different doors.
An education official said on condition of anonymity that universities were given several options to keep girl students separate from students, such as holding separate classes for boys and girls or holding classes at different times.
Khaleel Ahmed Bihsudwal, head of Nangarhar University, told that male and female students will attend separate classes in the institution, this system is already implemented in many provinces. However, universities are open only in hot provinces on Wednesday. Tertiary institutions will open on February 26 in cold areas including Kabul.
Welcome to the UN
The United Nations praised the inclusion of female students in the country’s public universities late Tuesday. The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said in a tweet on Tuesday, “The United Nations welcomes the announcement that public universities will begin to reopen to all female and male students on February 2. Most importantly, the needs of every youth.” Have equal access to education.”
Tomorrow can be the start of something truly important for Afghanistan. UN welcomes the announcement that public universities will begin re-opening 2 February to all female and male students. So crucial that every young person has equal access to education. pic.twitter.com/BI7rGDJt3Q
— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) February 1, 2022
Taliban’s claim has changed in that
Under its previous regime from 1996 to 2001, the hardline Taliban banned the education of girls. Although the Taliban has been saying that its attitude has changed since it regained power on August 15 last year, it is still unclear about its policy. Girls of high school age are still not allowed to return to school in many provinces. Some private universities have reopened, but in many cases girl students have not been able to return to class.
Meanwhile, the international community has made girls’ education an important part of their demands as the Taliban seeks to unfreeze more foreign aid and overseas assets.
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