Afghanistan under Taliban rule: Prohibition of mixing between the sexes and imposition of a uniform “Islamic” dress in universities

September 12, 2021 by archyde

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A women’s demonstration was held inside an Afghan university with the participation of women wearing the niqab to support the new higher education policy of the Taliban

The Taliban government has announced decisions regarding a new higher education policy in Afghanistan that includes separating men from women and establishing an Islamic dress code in universities.

The announcement of the new higher education policy comes just one day after the Taliban flag was hoisted over the presidential palace, marking the beginning of the new administration’s rule.

This new educational policy includes significant changes compared to the accepted practices that prevailed in universities in the period before the Taliban takeover, as mixing was allowed in universities, women and men studied side by side, and there was no specific dress imposed on women and girls in universities.

It did not appear on Abdul Baqi Haqqani no amount of regret about the announced new rules that include the prohibition of mixing between men and women in universities. The Minister of Higher Education said, “We have no problem with ending co-ed education. People are Muslims and they will accept that.”

Some suggested that these decisions will lead to the deprivation of women in Afghanistan from university education because universities do not have the financial resources to establish separate lecture halls for women. Nevertheless, the Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban government insisted that there are a sufficient number of female university teachers, stressing that if the required number of them is not available, the government will provide alternatives.

Haqqani said, “It will all depend on the capacity of each university. It is also possible to hire male teachers from behind a curtain.”

It is also decided to ban the mixing of boys and girls in primary and secondary schools, which was common during the era of the Taliban movement.

Universities are also set to require women to wear the hijab, according to Haqqani, who did not specify if These rules would have been sufficient to cover the head only, or to cover the face as well.

The new minister of higher education also said that university subjects and curricula would be reviewed. Haqqani told the media that the Taliban wanted to develop “logical and Islamic curricula that are compatible with Islamic, national and historical values ​​on the one hand, and be able to compete with education systems in other countries on the other hand.”

He expressed his wish that those with higher qualifications from universities in Afghanistan would compete with those from universities in the region and universities around the world.

These new rules in Afghan universities also come after a demonstration organized by women supporting Taliban policies that include gender segregation in educational institutions at Shahid Rabbani University in the Afghan capital, Kabul, last Saturday.

Hundreds of women organized that demonstration inside that Afghan university, most of them Wearing a black niqab and carrying small Taliban flags, they sat listening to sermons praising the hardline movement’s new regime and attacking participants in mass demonstrations sweeping the country to demand the protection of women’s rights.

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