Although one billion euros in aid money from the EU – above all from Germany – has been sent to the Taliban, the radical Islamists are not keeping their promises, such as the right to education for everyone. Neither female students nor female teachers have been admitted to the University of Kabul since the end of September. The new Taliban university rector Mohammed Ashraf Ghairat justified his decision by stating that there was not yet a “real Islamic environment for everyone”. This drastic measure is strongly reminiscent of the Taliban regime of the 1990s. At that time women and girls were also denied any access to education.
This denies all girls and women over the age of twelve the right to education at public educational establishments. Only boys are accepted into grades seven to twelve. The Taliban spokesman stated that girls needed a “safe learning environment”.
In contrast to his predecessor, the new rector “only” has a bachelor’s degree. On Twitter, he resented questions about his qualifications and announced that he graduated from a school of journalism. Another post by him raises questions regarding his own degree. So he doubted the faith of those who are not ready to kill journalists: “I doubt the faith of those who restrain from killing journalists. Kill Spy Journalists. ” (in German: “I doubt the faith of those who refuse to kill journalists. Kill spy journalists.”)