The Taliban’s education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, announced a series of new restrictions on women and girls’ education in Afghanistan.
Going forward, the Taliban will enforce gender segregation at the country’s universities based on their belief that coeducation is un-Islamic.
In outlining the policy, Haqqani announced that campuses should ideally be segregated by gender. He said that short of that, universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure that classrooms are partitioned down the middle and seating is divided based on gender.
The Taliban have already said they hope to have women teach female students. If that is not possible, men may teach women, but classes should follow the Taliban’s rigid interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.
The minister also stated that hijab or head coverings will be part of a compulsory dress code, but did not specify if this includes the niqab face covering.
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