No Coeducation in Afghanistan Universities: Afghan Minister

The new Taliban government, formed after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, has announced a new education policy on women’s education.

According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a new education policy for female students in Afghanistan has been announced during a press conference held by Abdul Baqi Haqqani, Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban’s interim government in Kabul yesterday.

Universities will be divided according to gender

Abdul Baqi Haqqani Afghan Minister for Higher Education

 

During the press conference, the Higher Education Minister said that universities in Afghanistan would be divided on the basis of gender, as well as a new dress code for female students.

According to Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani, his government will allow women to study  – but women will not be able to study alongside men. At the same time, the curriculum taught in educational institutions will also be reviewed.

Between 1996 and 2001, women were not allowed to attend schools or universities

It should be noted that the previous Taliban government had imposed very strict laws for women, under which women were not allowed to study in schools and universities from 1996 to 2001.

Now, however, the Taliban say they will not stop women from studying or working.

It should be noted that before the Taliban took control, female students in Afghanistan did not have to abide by the dress code, while universities also had a co-educational system in which boys and girls studied together.

People are Muslims, they will accept this change

Abdul Baqi Haqqani Afghan Minister for Higher Education

Talking about this, Abdul Baqi Haqqani said that we have no problem in ending the co-educational system, people are Muslims and they will accept this change.

According to Abdul Baqi, in Afghanistan, boys and girls will still be taught separately in primary and secondary schools.

The Minister for Higher Education further said that women will be required to wear hijab in schools but he has not clarified whether it will be mandatory for women to cover their faces in educational institutions or not. 

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