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KABUL, Afghanistan – the Islamic Emirate leadership has created a “directorate of academic curriculum” within the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education amid pressures by the global leaders, including international community, on Taliban to resume girls’ education.

Previously, under the direction of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Afghan university officials would revise the curriculum of local institutions.

Ahmad Taqi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, said the directorate is aimed at reviewing and developing the academic curriculum of all universities across Afghanistan in light with the Islamic laws. The office will have six directors and fifty-two employees.

“We created commissions to review the curriculum, invited representatives and experts from public and private universities from all over the country, held several meetings and reconsidered the curriculum,” Taqi said, as TOLOnews quoted.

Addressing the new curriculum, university lecturers said the new directorate should develop a curriculum that would separate the academic aspect from the political and other related matters.

“It should be underlined that this development should be done based on scientific criteria and free from political factors,” said Abdul Hadi Wazeen, university lecturer.

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Meanwhile, a number of students expressed a mixed reaction, urging the Ministry of Higher Education to provide credit for their practical subjects in addition to religious subjects at universities.

“As law students, we should be studying subjects relating to the law, but that isn’t the case here,” said Mursal, a student. “They provide us four credits in Islamic subjects and teach us Tajweed.”

“The previous curriculum was also an Islamic curriculum, which we are also completely satisfied with, and the topic of Islamic studies has been in all of our four semesters,” said Miraj, another student.

This came at a time girls schools from grade six and above remain suspended since March this year, as the Islamic Emirate announced its leadership are developing a new educational system that is in accordance with the Islamic law.

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