RASC News Agency: The Taliban have stopped girls from being educated in Afghanistan for over two years, but they still hire male teachers to teach their young daughters English and computers in Kabul. They do this by bringing the teachers to their homes and paying them a lot of money to teach their daughters English language and computer skills.
According to sources in Kabul, who spoke to RASC reporter, after the closure of Afghanistan’s universities for girls by the Taliban, several officials of this group paid a lot of money to transport several English language and computer trainers from private education centers in their official vehicles. The officials transferred the teachers to their homes, and after teaching the young girls English and computers, the officials transferred them to their workplaces.
One of the teachers at an English Language and Computer Education Center in Kabul is known only as Muhammad Hussain Zakiri, he said that many young girls from the ranks of Taliban officials visit his English Language and Computer Learning Center, located at Karta Now District in Kabul, to learn English. “Taliban girls are more interested in learning English than other students,” he said.
This English teacher said that at least six senior Taliban officials, who are currently acting as deputy and head of the Taliban group in different ministries, came to the educational center and in return for a monthly salary of 20,000 Rupees in the national currency; they hired a special English teacher and a computer teacher for their daughters. These senior Taliban officials use luxury government vehicles outside the language center to transport the teachers to their homes.
While the Taliban group officials hired teachers for girls due to the security issues, the officials of the group did not mention the teachers for private education for their girls. However, they said that all the educational centers in Kabul have private teachers who teach Taliban daughters and receive salaries.
According to this private teacher, the family of the these Taliban students belongs to a high-ranking official of the Taliban group’s Ministry of Interior, whose daughters had a basic understanding of computer software and English before this time, and according to him, they had attended English language and computer courses in Pakistan’s country.
In another case, a teacher of an English language center teaching English to a family member of a Taliban official received 18.000 rupees of the country currency per month for two hours of teaching English and computer skills to three girls and two boys of this official’s family from two months ago.
“Taliban officials and their families are very keen on learning English and computers,” said the teacher, who goes by the name Sabiri. “They are still afraid of closing schools and universities to girls.”
This English language teacher said: “This official of the Taliban group calls me every day for his daughters to pay more attention and learn English and thanks me for my efforts to teach them and says, God willing, that soon his daughters will be able to learn English and computers.”
The authorities of the Taliban group have assigned young men as private English and computer tutors for their young girls in their homes and take them to their homes every day. Universities have also been closed to Afghanistani girls because male professors teach girls and mix class of girls and boys.
At the same time, a number of university professors have expressed satisfaction with this action of the Taliban group and say that, despite understanding the importance of education and training for girls in Afghanistan. On the other hand, number of leaders of this group are trapped by the tribal policies and exclusivity of the Taliban leader attributed to this group and the purposeful orders of Pakistan. In this context, therefore, they are willing to hire male tutors for their daughters privately.
According to these informants, the Taliban group’s double approach regarding the education of Afghanistani girls is intolerable for the people and the young generation of the country and irreparable for the future of Afghanistan.
Ahmad Jawad Hamkar, the university professor and social expert, said in a conversation with RASC news agency: “Until the Taliban group abandons its dual policies regarding ethnic groups, language, women, education and girls and treats all the people of the country without linguistic, ethnic and gender discrimination. “Don’t turn a blind eye, this group will not be able to continue its political survival in the country, and their discriminatory practices with women, education and non-Pashtun tribes will lead to complications that will shorten the life of this group’s government.”
The impact of education of Afghanistani girls is not confined to one family and every girl studying in Afghanistan will benefit from the education and training of all members of the society. Similarly, the effect of preventing a girl from studying and training will have the greatest impact on the society due to her illiteracy.
Although the officials of the Taliban group have provided all educational facilities inside and outside of Afghanistan for the education of their young girls, but this group has blocked schools and universities on Afghanistani girls and said that it is not permissible for women to learn modern sciences and they have little need to learn.
On the other hand, some officials of the Taliban group called that learning English and computer is a modern science and hired private instructor for their girls to teach them English and computer. It is not clear where they will hire their daughter after they learned these skills. Before this, RASC News Agency reports showed that daughters of 22 Taliban officials are studying in Pakistan and Qatar schools and universities, and most of their graduated girls are working in the Pakistan government.