It has been two weeks since public universities in the cold climate areas opened, including Kabul University, but overnight students claim that the university authorities are now implementing a “self-study” plan, which limits the amount of time that students spend in class.
Earlier the education authorities announced that segregation between the genders is required, and male and female students must attend classes in different shifts. But recently students told TOLOnews that they might attend a class only once a week to show their homework and receive assignments. Also, students say experienced professors are in short supply.
Frouzan, a student in the department of English Literature, was taking night classes, which was the time slot allocated for female students. But now with "self-study" measures, she says she has not been allowed to consistently visit the university for classes.
“I was studying at night, and right now we do not have a teacher, they changed our time to the night. While changing our time they said we should pay--we can pay if we work full time during the day and we study at night,” said Frouzan Afzali, a student of English Literature.
Students at the university complain of a lack of professors or inexperienced professors. They say that since the university started up again, most of the classes have not been led by professors.
“Our lessons are very slow and the first three weeks were an introduction. We do not know what will happen in the remaining two weeks,” said Fayaz Rasouli, a student in the Faculty of Economics.
These challenges are not only being reported in Kabul but also among the students in Parwan University who are dissatisfied with their curriculum.
“In the first three days of the week female students go to the university, and in the last three days of the week, male students go to university,” said Fayaz Fardish, a student at Parwan University.
“If this plan is implemented for a long time, it will discourage and bore the students,” said Ahmadullah Mohammadi, a student at Parwan University.
The Ministry of Higher Education could not be reached for a comment on this despite repeated attempts.