Agha, Habibullah Maulvi Sheikh Hadith
|Name||Agha, Habibullah Maulvi Sheikh Hadith|
|Date of birth||1954|
|Function/Grade||Minister of Education acting|
|History and Biodata||
1. Former Minister of Education:
Deputy Minister of Education:
Ministry of Education Spokesperson:
Director of the Infrastructure Services Department;
Director of Secondary Education:
The Taliban supreme leader has installed the loyalist cleric Agha as Afghanistan's education minister, with the hardline Islamists doubling down on their ban on secondary education for girls. Habibullah Agha, a member of reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada's inner circle, was named the new education minister in a reshuffle announced by the government spokesman on Tuesday, Sept 20, 2022.
Many conservative Afghan clerics within the Taliban are sceptical of modern education. "The appointment of Habibullah Agha Sahib indicates the Taliban are elevating loyalists who reject the reopening of girls' schools," said Nishank Motwani, an Afghan specialist and fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School.
Within weeks of seizing power last year, the Taliban began imposing severe restrictions on women to comply with their austere vision of Islam - effectively squeezing them out of public life. Apart from closing high schools for girls, the Taliban have barred women from many government jobs and also ordered them to cover up in public, preferably with an all-encompassing burqa.
Habibullah Agha, the Taliban-appointed Acting Minister of Education in Afghanistan, recently voiced concerns about the diminishing standard of education in the country's religious schools.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of approximately 120 students from the 12th and 14th grades of Darul-Ulom Imam Abu Hanifa, Agha highlighted the surge in the number of religious schools in Afghanistan while acknowledging the improved accessibility and facilities provided to students in this realm.
However, Agha expressed apprehensions about the declining educational quality despite the increased accessibility. He remarked, "In my view, the quality of education is deteriorating day by day, despite education being more accessible now. There was a time when students couldn't even find a book."(20231204)