The Taliban sacked PhD vice-chancellor Muhammad Usman Babri and replaced him with Muhammad Ashraf Ghairat, who justified the killing of journalists last year.
Kabul: “Unless an Islamic environment is created, women cannot attend classes or teach or work,” the Taliban’s new chancellor declared.
As CNN reports, Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat said in a tweet on Monday, “Women will not be allowed to come or work in universities until a genuine Islamic environment is provided for all. Islam First ”
During Taliban 1.0 in the 1990s, women were only allowed in public if they had a male relative and were beaten for disobeying, and were barred from schools altogether.
Nearly 70 teaching staff at Kabul University, including assistant professors and professors, have resigned after the Taliban sacked PhD vice-chancellor Muhammad Usman Babri and replaced him with BA degree holder Muhammad Ashraf Ghairat.
Ghairat’s appointment as VC of Kabul’s largest university sparked off social media: Ghairat justified the killing of journalists last year.
Earlier, the Taliban officially renamed a government university after Burhanuddin Rabbani—former Afghan president and founder of Afghanistan’s second largest political party—the Kabul Education University.
The university was named after Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was killed in a suicide attack at his home in 2009.
An official directive issued by the Ministry of Higher Education states that the universities are the intellectual property of Afghanistan and should not be named after political or ethnic leaders, The Khama Press news agency reported.
The directive states that linguistic, regional and ethnic discrimination has prevailed in Afghanistan over the past two decades and national places have been named after them.
First published:September 28, 2021, 4:38 pm