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Students attend a class bifurcated by a curtain separating males and females at a private university to follow the Taliban’s ruling, in Kabul on Sept. 7, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images) KABUL, Afghanistan—Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender -segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the higher education minister for the ruling Taliban terrorist group said Sunday.
The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, laid out the new policies at a news conference, several days after Afghanistan’s new rulers formed an all-male government. On Saturday, the Taliban had raised their flag over the presidential palace, signaling the start of the work of the new government.
The world has been watching closely to see to what extent the Taliban might act differently from their first time in power, in the late 1990s. During that era, girls and women were denied an education, and were excluded from public life.
The Taliban has suggested it has changed, including in its attitude toward women. However, women have been banned from sports and the Taliban has used violence in recent days against women protesters demanding equal rights. Afghans wait in front of a bank as they try to withdraw money in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 12, 2021. (Bernat Armangue/AP Photo) Haqqani said the Taliban did not want to turn the clock back 20 years. “We will start building on what exists today,” he said.
However, female university students will face restrictions, including a compulsory dress code. Haqqani said hijabs will be mandatory but did not specify if this meant compulsory headscarves or also compulsory face coverings.
Gender segregation will also be enforced, he said. “We will not allow boys and girls to study together,” he said. “We will not allow co-education.”
Haqqani said the subjects being taught would also be reviewed. While he did not elaborate, he said he wanted graduates of Afghanistan’s universities to be competitive with university graduates in the region and the rest of the world.
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