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Taliban add extra obligatory faith courses to Afghan universities

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The variety of obligatory non secular courses will improve from one to a few per week in Afghan authorities universities

The variety of obligatory non secular courses will improve from one to a few per week in Afghan authorities universities

Afghan college college students must attend extra obligatory Islamic research courses, schooling officers mentioned on Tuesday whereas giving little signal that secondary faculties for ladies would reopen.

Many conservative Afghan clerics within the hardline Islamist Taliban, which swept again into energy a yr in the past, are sceptical of recent schooling.

“We are adding five more religious subjects to the existing eight,” mentioned Abdul Baqi Haqqani, Minister for Higher Education, together with Islamic historical past, politics and governance.

The variety of obligatory non secular courses will improve from one to a few per week in authorities universities.

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

Subjects discontinued

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

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

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

Under the Taliban’s final regime between 1996 and 2001, each main and secondary faculties for ladies by no means reopened.

“We are trying to come up with a sound policy in coordination with our leaders… so that those in rural areas are also convinced,” he mentioned.

Restrictions on women and girls

Since seizing energy on August 15 final yr, 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.

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

Meanwhile, and not using a secondary faculty certificates, teenage ladies will be unable to take a seat future college entrance exams.

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

Despite being in energy for a yr, no nation has thus far recognised the federal government.

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