Taliban add more compulsory religion classes to Afghan universities

The variety of obligatory non secular lessons will enhance from one to 3 per week in Afghan authorities universities

The variety of obligatory non secular lessons will enhance from one to 3 per week in Afghan authorities universities

Afghan college college students should attend extra obligatory Islamic research lessons, training officers stated on Tuesday whereas giving little signal that secondary colleges for ladies would reopen.

Many conservative Afghan clerics within the hardline Islamist Taliban, which swept again into energy a 12 months in the past, are sceptical of contemporary training.

“We’re including 5 extra non secular topics to the prevailing eight,” stated Abdul Baqi Haqqani, Minister for Greater Training, together with Islamic historical past, politics and governance.

The variety of obligatory non secular lessons will enhance from one to 3 per week in authorities universities.

He informed a information convention that the Taliban wouldn’t order any topics to be dropped from the present curriculum.

Topics discontinued

Nonetheless, some universities have altered research on music and sculpture — extremely delicate points beneath the Taliban’s harsh interpretation of sharia legislation — whereas an exodus of Afghanistan’s educated elite, together with professors, has seen many topics discontinued.

Officers have for months insisted that colleges will reopen for ladies, swaying between technical and monetary points as causes for the continued closures.

Abdulkhaliq Sadiq, a senior official on the Training Ministry, on Tuesday stated households in rural areas had been nonetheless not satisfied of the necessity to ship ladies to secondary college.

Beneath the Taliban’s final regime between 1996 and 2001, each major and secondary colleges for ladies by no means reopened.

“We try to provide you with a sound coverage in coordination with our leaders… in order that these in rural areas are additionally satisfied,” he stated.

Restrictions on women and girls

Since seizing energy on August 15 final 12 months, the Taliban have imposed harsh restrictions on women and girls to adjust to their austere imaginative and prescient of Islam — successfully squeezing them out of public life.

Though younger girls are nonetheless permitted to attend college, many have dropped out due to the fee or as a result of their households are afraid for them to be out in public in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

In the meantime, and not using a secondary college certificates, teenage ladies will be unable to sit down future college entrance exams.

The worldwide neighborhood has made the suitable to training a key situation for formally recognising the Taliban authorities.

Regardless of being in energy for a 12 months, no nation has to this point recognised the federal government.

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