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Afghan Interim Government to Reopen Universities but Only for Male Students

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

The Ministry of Higher Education of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan says that the new academic year for male students will commence in Kabul and several other colder provinces on March 6 of this year.

The ministry of higher education in a statement on Wednesday said the new academic year for male students at public universities and educational institutions in colder regions will officially start on March 6.

According to a decision by the High Council for Higher Education, “classes of the male students at governmental higher education institutions in the colder provinces will officially start from March 6.”

However, the statement of the ministry of higher education has not highlighted the resumption of universities for female students, which has become a very controversial topic among the Taliban senior members as well.

This comes as the Taliban authorities have banned the education of female students across the country until further notice. Previously, the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan’s de facto regime had announced that the group is working on a plan, however, after more than a year and a half, there is no update on the plan or further directions in this regard.

The Taliban’s latest decisions depriving Afghan women and girls of the rights to education and work prompted massive criticisms – the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and several foreign governments including the US, the International Community, and aid organizations have emphasized the resumption of schools and universities for female students.  

Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders, a non-governmental aid organization criticized the latest restrictions by Taliban authorities barring women and girls from attending the final medical exams. The organization has called on the de facto authorities to set a new date for the final exam.  

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