«No PhD, Master's Degree Valuable,» Says Taliban's New Education Minister.

'No PhD, Master's Degree Valuable,' Says Taliban's New Education Minister

Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir's remarks on higher education drew criticism.

Less than a month after the Taliban returned to rule Afghanistan, a new cabinet was unveiled Tuesday with the world leaders left to wonder about their future relations with the South Asian nation. "In the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia," Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada made it clear in his first public statement since the August 15 fall of Kabul.

Even though the Taliban have assured of a change, trying to seek global recognition, such claims have been questioned and dismissed amid widespread criticism.

A video that is now being 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," he is heard saying in a video being shared on social media," Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir is heard saying in the video. The remarks, as expected, drew huge criticism.

"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.

In the Taliban's new "interim government", which will be led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, Mulla, the little-known head of the Taliban's leadership council, Mohammad Hassan, has been named as acting prime minister.

UN-designated terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani is UN-designated terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani is the new acting interior minister in the 33-member Cabinet that has no woman member.

"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.

(With inputs from PTI, AFP)

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