Taliban announce new rules for female students

Taliban announce new rules for female students
Veiled students attend a Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on Saturday. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The Taliban has announced new rules for female students, saying Afghan universities will be segregated by gender, and a new dress code will be introduced.

Abdul Baqi Haqqani, Higher Education Minister of Taliban government, indicated female students would be allowed to study, but not alongside men.

Mr Haqqani also said that a review of the subjects students would be taught.

Girls and women were banned from schools and universities under Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001.

The group has said they will not prevent girls and women from being educated or having jobs. But since they seized control of the country on 15 August, they have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, not to come to work, until the security situation improves.

Sunday’s announcement of the higher education policy comes a day after the armed militia group raised their flag over the presidential palace, signalling the beginning of their administration.

The policy marks a significant change from the accepted practice in Afghanistan before the Taliban takeover. Universities were co-educational, female students didn’t have to abide by a dress code and men and women studying side by side.

But Mr Haqqani said: “We have no problems in ending the mixed-education system. The people are Muslims and they will accept it.”

Some have suggested that the new rules about women’s education will exclude women from getting higher education because the universities don’t have the resources to provide separate classes.

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