Taliban announced on Sunday that henceforth gender-segregated education will be allowed at Afghanistan universities.
According to them, co-education is unIslamic and against the country’s national and traditional values.
“Co-education conflicts with the principles of Islam and, on the other hand, it is in conflict with national values and is against the customs and traditions of Afghans,” the Taliban’s higher education minister, Shaikh Abdul Baqi Haqqani, said at a press conference on Sunday.
If the universities have the capacities, campuses should be segregated by gender, if that is not possible, the universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure a partition between male and female students in the classrooms, Haqqani said.
The group wants to hire female lecturers for female students, but if that was impossible, men will be allowed to teach women as long as the classes follow sharia rules, he added.
A new dress code will also be mandatory.
He explained that the militants have fought in the past two decades for the establishment of the “Islamic system.”
Observers of Afghanistan – as well as the nation’s female population, have been nervously waiting to hear what the Taliban’s new education policy would be.
And now they have it.