Acting Minister of Higher Education Neda Mohammad Nadim said on Thursday that some reforms planned by the Islamic Emirate were not implemented in the higher education sector over the past 16 months.
Speaking to the RTA, Nadim outlined four reasons for the closure of universities for female students.
He said the presence of women at dormitories and their arrival from provinces without male companions, lack of observation of hijab by students, the continuation of co-education, and the existence of some faculties for girls that are in contrast with the “Islamic law and Afghan pride."
“The current curriculum has at least 160 fields. There were some fields that were in contrast with the dignity and pride of women and Afghan culture. Engineering and Agriculture are part of them,” Nadim said.
He said the Islamic Emirate is committed to the rights of women based on Sharia law.
“This is the responsibility of the (Islamic Emirate) to give everyone their rights,” he said.
In response to various reactions regarding the suspension of higher education for women, Nadim said the international community should not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
“We call on them to not interfere in our internal affairs. On the one hand, they call for ensuring the rights of our sisters, while on another, they impose restrictions on Muslim people in the country,”" Nadim said.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Higher Education in a statement ordered public and private institutions to suspend classes for female students until next announcement.