Viral : Taliban's New Education Minister: 'No PhD, but a Master's Degree is Valuable'
Taliban Cabinet In Afghanistan: Despite the Taliban's assurances of transformation and attempts to gain international recognition, their promises have been questioned and discarded amid considerable criticism.
A new cabinet was introduced Tuesday, less than a month after the Taliban reclaimed power in Afghanistan, leaving foreign leaders to ponder the country's future relations. In his first public statement following the fall of Kabul on August 15, Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada stated, "In the future, all subjects of governance and life in Afghanistan would be ruled by the laws of the Holy Sharia."
Even though the Taliban have promised a new, improved version of the hardline group, in an attempt to seek global recognition, the claims have been questioned because of the reality on the ground and the pronouncements of its leaders. A video widely shared on social media shows the Taliban's Minister of Education, Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir, questioning the relevance of higher education.
"No Phd degree, master's degree is valuable today. You see that the Mullahs and Taliban that are in the power, have no Phd, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all," Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir is heard saying in the video. The remarks, as expected, drew huge criticism.
This is the Minister of Higher Education of the Taliban -- says No Phd degree, master's degree is valuable today. You see that the Mullahs & Taliban that are in the power, have no Phd, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all. pic.twitter.com/gr3UqOCX1b— Said Sulaiman Ashna (@sashna111) September 7, 2021
"Why is this man talking about education," said one Twitter user. "Minister of Higher education saying higher education is not worth it," another user said. "Such shameful thoughts about education, having them in power is catastrophic especially for the youth & children!" read one of the posts on Twitter.
Mullah Mohammad Hassan, the little-known head of the Taliban's leadership council, has been named acting Prime Minister in the Taliban's new "interim government." Sirajuddin Haqqani, a UN-designated terrorist, is the new acting Interior Minister in the 33-member cabinet, which includes no women.
"As I speak and today, the Taliban announced their government. It is anything but inclusive," Afghanistan's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Ghulam Isaczai said on Tuesday.