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Women to attend only gender-segregated universities, says Afghanistan education minister

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Yusuf Boluwatife

 

 

Afghanistan minister of higher education, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, has said women in the country will be allowed to study in universities and postgraduate programs but only in gender-segregated classrooms.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday about the new regime’s plans for the country’s education, Haqqani was unapologetic about bringing an end to mixed sex classes.

“We have no problems in ending the mixed-education system,” he said. “The people are Muslims and they will accept it.”

The Taliban had announced earlier this month that women could still study at university if they wore an abaya robe and niqab covering most of the face, with classes segregated by sex — or at least divided by a curtain.

Haqqani said that Afghanistan’s education system had changed greatly since the Taliban’s last time in power when women were effectively barred from schools and universities.

“Compared to the past the number of educational institutions have increased dramatically,” he said.

“This gives us hope for a future, prosperous and self-sufficient Afghanistan… we will continue from where they were left.”

 

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