The Taliban’s new Education Minister, Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir hs questioned the importance of higher education. He feels that PhD and Master’s degree are not valuable as Taliban and Mullahs don’t have the high school degree and yet they are the greatest of all.
“No PhD degree, Master’s degree is valuable today. You see that the mullahs and Taliban [leaders] that are in the power, have no PhD, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all,” Taliban education minister said in a video that went viral on social media.
On Tuesday, the Taliban unveiled a tough interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with key roles assigned to key members of the rebel group, including the appointed international terrorist Haqqani Network as Interior Minister.
Mullah Hasan, head of the Taliban decision-making body, Rehbari Shura’, will be the Acting Prime Minister and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be his deputy in the “new Islamic government”, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told at a news conference in Kabul.
Also Read: Howard University renames college after alma mater Chadwick Boseman
The announcement of key people in the interim government comes weeks after the Taliban seized control of war-torn Afghanistan, ousting previously elected Western-backed leadership.
Also Read: Digital divide: Only 8% rural students accessed online education amid pandemic
The Taliban had previously said they wanted to form a coalition government. However, all Cabinet ministers who announced on Tuesday are already Taliban leaders. Private universities and institutions of higher learning in Afghanistan following a new gender format have been opened.Male and female university students will be taught in different classes and only female teachers are allowed to teach girls’ classes.
Also Read: COVID-19: School closure ‘catastrophic’ for students in India, says survey
Combined classes are not acceptable at universities. A Taliban official said, “Some universities are able to use different facilities for girls, to teach girls separately. But many universities do not have facilities, which can change class time.”
Meanwhile, officials from universities and private institutions said they were willing to implement the new system required by the department. Officials are concerned about the low attendance of girls at universities.