QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): A number of students from two public institutes in the western province of Badghis are worried about the halt in classes and want the government to reopen their institutes as soon as possible.
There are two government institutes (Agriculture and Administration and Accounting), where 230 female students studied before the fall of the previous government.
With both institutes closed, many female students in the province are worried about their future. They say their fate remains uncertain.
Fawzia, student in 2n/a semester of management and accounting, said she was very concerned about the closure of her institute.
She said, “It’s really unpleasant for me; our home has been closed for a year.”
Fawzia noted with pain the closure of the institute and the girls’ inability to study. She urged the authorities to open institutes and universities for girls.
She said that despite her poor financial situation and social problems, she had completed her studies. She wishes to pursue higher education but due to the closure of the institute, she was unable to fulfill her wish.
Bibi Gul, who was recently enrolled in the first semester at the institute of agriculture, was unable to attend a single class due to recent developments in the country.
She said the girls reserve the right to increase their level of education and continue to attend classes.
She added that many other higher or semi-higher education centers were open but their institutes were still closed. The closure is worrying for the girls and their families.
Bibi Gul urged the Islamic emirate: “Let us complete our education, for the pursuit of knowledge is the duty of every man and woman.
Adela Kabir, one of the female lecturers at a university, believed that the closure of educational institutions for girls would cause them severe mental and emotional stress.
She pointed out that suspending this process was not in the interest of any member of society. This affected not only women, but all of society, she explained.
She hopes the issue will be resolved as soon as possible and the girls will be able to continue their education.
Mohammad Ewaz Ghairat, head of technical and vocational education in the province, said they were awaiting instructions from the Taliban Supreme Leader regarding the reopening of girls’ institutes.
According to Ghairat, they have not received any written or verbal instructions for the reopening of girls’ institutes. He believed that a decision in this regard would be taken soon.