On Sunday, the new Higher Education Minister of the Taliban government, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, said that Afghan women could continue their studies in universities in gender-segregation classes. He also adds that they must wear the dress as per the Islamic dress code in the universities. Haqqani said the new Taliban regime would start building Afghanistan on what exists today and didn’t want to turn the clock back twenty years to when the group was last in power.
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Further, he added that women professors and teachers should teach female students wherever possible and classrooms would remain separated from boys, under the understanding of Islamic Sharia law of the movement. In Kabul during a news conference. Women’s education matter is one of the crucial questions facing the insurgents. They aim to encourage the other world to change themselves since the harsh fundamentalist rule previously they enforced in the 1990s when they largely banned women from working or studying outside the home.
According to the Taliban officials, women will be able to study and work according to Sharia law and by following cultural traditions, but strict rules will apply to them. Haqqani also adds that it is mandatory for all female students to wear hijab religious veils but didn’t specify if this meant compulsory face coverings or headscarves. On Saturday, a group of women seemingly made up of female students in black robes that covered them completely, protested in the Afghan capital, Kabul, supporting the rules on separate classrooms and dress.
What will be the policy in case of no women teachers?
Haqqani said that in case of the unavailability of female teachers, the universities should take extraordinary measures to ensure separation. He adds that when there is really a need, male teachers can also teach female students, but by following the preachings of Sharia, they should observe the veil. Further, he said that the administration should be curtained off the classroom to divide male and female students where necessary. Likewise, to conduct teaching, teachers could use streaming or closed-circuit television.
Since the Taliban seized Kabul last month and the U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed, photos also circulated on the internet, which shows curtains divided classrooms. Many teachers said there was uncertainty over the imposed rules from the Taliban. The minister told reporters that gender segregation would enforce all over the country, and they would review all subjects taught at colleges in the coming months.