Universities in Afghanistan opened after the winter holidays, but Taliban security officials prevented female students from entering.
According to the World News Agency, the Taliban banned women’s university education in August last year, saying that the Ministry of Higher Education was working to make the environment in universities safer for women by adapting it to Sharia rules and Afghan culture. After which the ban will be removed.
However, it was hoped that the students would be allowed to continue their studies when the universities open after the winter vacations, but the students once again faced disappointment when the universities opened today.
The Taliban officials on security duty at the main gate of the universities instructed the female students who reached the universities to go back, saying that the restrictions are still in place, when the ban is announced, they will be allowed to enter the university.
It should be noted that following the instructions of the Taliban government, most universities were already admitting boys and girls through separate doors and teaching in separate classes.
Similarly, female students were allowed to teach only female professors or senior male teachers.
Despite the implementation of these government directives, the Taliban imposed a ban in the middle of last year, but many Taliban officials say that the ban on women’s education is temporary and will be lifted soon.
On the other hand, according to some Taliban officials, the fact is that the ultra-conservative clerics who advise Taliban emir Hibbullah Akhundzada are deeply skeptical about modern education for women.
It should be noted that after coming to power in August 2021, the Taliban has banned women’s jobs, girls’ secondary schools and travel without Muharram, due to which no country has yet recognized the Taliban government.
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