Radicalism growing among Afghan students: Study
The study by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), an independent research institute based in Kabul, cited the lack of employment, a sluggish economy and dissatisfaction about the functioning of the Afghan educational system as major factors behind politicization of high school students in Afghanistan.
It said while some students’ politicization despite a government ban and motivations towards joining political groups had their roots in the history and their families, many seemed to believe that without the protection of a political patronage network, they would not be able to gain good marks, admission in university and good jobs.
Radical groups, who tend to sympathise with the insurgency to varying degrees, have been successful in attracting high school students, it observed.
“There is also evidence of some students being recruited to active insurgent groups like the Taliban, which is a relatively surprising development, given that in the early years of their insurgency the Taliban did not target high schools for recruitment.”
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