A newly appointed Taliban chancellor of Kabul University announced that women will not be allowed to study or teach at the educational institution, a move that critics deemed as the Islamic fundamentalist group’s latest encroachment on women’s rights after seizing the power in Afghanistan last month.
The Ministry of Higher Education, under the leadership of the Taliban government, appointed Muhammad Ashraf Ghairat last week as the new chancellor of Kabul University.
Ghairat’s appointment sparked criticisms over his lack of credibility compared to his ousted predecessor Muhammad Osman Baburi.
However, Ghairat countered the questioning he received on social media and said that he deemed himself “fully qualified to hold this chair.”
“I give you my words as chancellor of Kabul University,” Ghairat wrote in his Twitter post on Monday. “As long as real Islamic environment is not provided for all, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam first.”
The Taliban-led government announced earlier this month that women would be allowed to continue studying and teaching in classrooms. However, classes should be segregated and female students, instructors and workers are required to wear hijabs.
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