Co-education because of the closure of Afghan universities’: Taliban minister

Afghan Higher Education Minister Abdul Bqi Haqqani said on Sunday that the reason for the closure of universities was gender diversity and the economic crisis.

The Taliban minister said they need to create separate classes for girls and hire additional lecturers who need more time and extra money, Khaama Press reported.

Haqqani was visiting Pakistan and recently discussed the problems of Afghan students with Islamabad officials and relevant administrations.

“We discussed the problems of Afghan students and Pakistani officials assured us. Pakistan has increased annual scholarships for Afghan students by 500. Afghanistan will receive 1,500 scholarships every year,” Haqqani said.

At the same time, Haqqani also said that no country will be allowed to award scholarships directly to people and that the scholarships will be managed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Khaama Press reported.

He had suggested building independent universities for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

“Pakistan is an ideal country for Afghan students who wish to pursue higher education because the country is cheaper and has similarities with the Afghan people,” Haqqani added.

It comes as public universities and girls’ high schools have yet to be reopened.

The Taliban, after the siege, proposed a ban on co-education. Group officials also ordered that girls be no longer allowed to attend the same classes as boys at universities, Khaama Press reported.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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