Sources from Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan report to Kabul Now that a number of male and female students of the Faculty of Medicine of this university refused to take their exams. These students left the examination hall to protest against the recent decision taken by the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education to ban university education for women. The students called this decision “unfair”.
In the video clips shared on social media, it can be seen that the students of the Faculty of Medicine, Nangarhar University have gathered inside the faculty. They are holding slogans and asking the Taliban authorities to reopen schools and universities for the girls.
One of the students of this Faculty told Kabul Now that they left the examination hall this morning, Wednesday, December 21 to protest against the recent decision of the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education.
Another protesting student who chose to stay anonymous also talked to Kabul Now and said that the protesters urged the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education to reverse its decision and reopen universities for girls.
Meanwhile, the officials at Nangarhar University deny the protest by the students of this university over the recent decision of the Ministry of Higher Education.
In an official letter sent to state and private universities, the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education has indefinitely banned higher education for female students. Higher education is “suspended” for female students until further notice, the letter reads.
This decision by the Taliban has drawn reactions inside and outside the country. The Us, Germany, The UK, the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Human Rights Watch and many more have condemned this decision.