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Let girls return to universities, students urge IEA

Let girls return to universities, students urge IEA

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7 Mar 2023 - 11:20
Let girls return to universities, students urge IEA
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7 Mar 2023 - 11:20

KABUL (Pajhwok): With the commencement of the new semester, students have urged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to let girls return to universities.

After returning to power in August 2021, IEA suspended girls’ higher and university education and later banned them from sitting entrance exams until further notice.

On Monday, the new semester got under way at higher education institutes/universities only for male students.

Zarif, a second-year student of the Faculty of Psychology at Kabul University, expressed his happiness over the beginning of the session.

However, the student said he was unhappy about the girls not being allowed to return to the university to continue their lessons.

He argued girls and women played an essential role in making families literate and the progress of a country, It was necessary for females to be educated, he commented.

Ahmad Mansour Yousafi, a student of Kabul University’s Engineering Faculty, also welcomed the resumption of lessons.

He, too, urged the government to open university doors to female pupils and allow them to pursue an education in line with Islamic guidelines.

Hajira Safi, a former Kabul University student, hoped she and other girls would be allowed to study in the new semester. But it did not happen, she regretted, pained by what she called the persecution of females.

Under the Islamic Emirate, she noted, boys and girls had separate classes. The girls also observed hijab, but were barred from university education, she lamented.

Safi recalled the Islamic Emirate’s statement that it was working on a draft for girls’ education. But even after 18 months, she said, the plan had not been devised.

Maryam Basiri, another ex-student of Kabul University, said girls, like boys, had worked hard to get admission to universities and reserved the right to study.

Farkhunda Langari, yet another university student, was equaly hurt by the ban and asked the government to allow them to study, as they did in the past.

Mir Aziz Ahmad Fanoos, a professor at Kabul University, acknowledged university represented the gateway to civilisation in any country.

He hoped universities would reopened for girls as well so that Afghanistan could achieve real progress.

Pajhwok tried to seek the Ministry of Higher Education’s response to the request from students, but failed to do so despite repeated phone calls.

The Islamic Emirate has said on several occasions that a plan is being devised and based on it girls will be allowed to study within the framework of Islamic Sharia.




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