KABUL, Afghanistan — Ladies in Afghanistan can proceed to check in universities, together with at post-graduate ranges, however lecture rooms will likely be gender-segregated and Islamic gown is obligatory, the upper schooling minister within the new Taliban authorities stated Sunday.
The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, laid out the brand new insurance policies at a information convention, a number of days after Afghanistan’s new rulers fashioned an all-male authorities. On Saturday, the Taliban had raised their flag over the presidential palace, signaling the beginning of the work of the brand new authorities.
The world has been watching carefully to see to what extent the Taliban would possibly act otherwise from their first time in energy, within the late 1990s. Throughout that period, women and girls had been denied an schooling, and had been excluded from public life.
The Taliban have urged they’ve modified, together with of their attitudes towards ladies. Nonetheless, ladies have been banned from sports activities and the Taliban have used violence in latest days in opposition to ladies protesters demanding equal rights.
Haqqani stated the Taliban didn’t need to flip the clock again 20 years. “We are going to begin constructing on what exists at present,” he stated.
Nonetheless, feminine college college students will face restrictions, together with a obligatory gown code. Haqqani stated hijabs will likely be necessary however didn’t specify if this meant obligatory headscarves or additionally obligatory face coverings.
Gender segregation can even be enforced, he stated. “We is not going to permit girls and boys to check collectively,” he stated. “We is not going to permit co-education.”
Haqqani stated the themes being taught would even be reviewed. Whereas he didn’t elaborate, he stated he wished graduates of Afghanistan’s universities to be aggressive with college graduates within the area and the remainder of the world.
The Taliban, who subscribe to a strict interpretation of Islam, banned music and artwork throughout their earlier time in energy. This time round tv has remained and information channels nonetheless present ladies presenters, however the Taliban messaging has been erratic.
In an interview on Afghanistan’s widespread TOLO Information, Taliban spokesman Syed Zekrullah Hashmi stated ladies ought to give beginning and lift youngsters and whereas the Taliban haven’t dominated out eventual participation of ladies in authorities the spokesman stated “it’s not obligatory that girls be within the Cupboard.”
The Taliban seized energy on Aug. 15, the day they overran the capital of Kabul after capturing outlying provinces in a speedy navy marketing campaign. They initially promised inclusiveness and a normal amnesty for his or her former opponents, however many Afghans stay deeply terrified of the brand new rulers. Taliban police officers have crushed Afghan journalists, violently dispersed ladies’s protests and fashioned an all-male authorities regardless of saying initially they’d invite broader illustration.
The brand new greater schooling coverage indicators a change from the accepted follow earlier than the Taliban takeover. Universities had been co-ed, with women and men learning aspect by aspect, and feminine college students didn’t must abide by a gown code. Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of feminine college college students opted to put on headscarves in step with traditions.
In elementary and excessive faculties, girls and boys had been taught individually, even earlier than the Taliban got here to energy. In excessive faculties, women needed to put on tunics reaching to their knees and white headscarves, and denims, make-up and jewellery weren’t permitted.