Taliban ban college schooling for Afghan women

Afghan female students take entrance exams at Kabul University in Kabul in October 2022. — AFP/File
Afghan feminine college students take entrance exams at Kabul College in Kabul in October 2022. — AFP/File

The Taliban authorities on Tuesday ordered a nationwide ban on college schooling for females, because the group proceed to crush Afghan ladies’s proper to schooling and freedom.

Regardless of promising a softer rule after they seized energy final 12 months, the Taliban have ratcheted up restrictions on all facets of ladies’s lives, ignoring worldwide outrage.

“You all are knowledgeable to instantly implement the talked about order of suspending schooling of females till additional discover,” mentioned a letter issued to all authorities and personal universities, signed by the Minister for Increased Training, Neda Mohammad Nadeem.

The spokesman for the ministry, Ziaullah Hashimi, who tweeted the letter, confirmed the order in a textual content message to AFP.

The ban on larger schooling comes lower than three months after hundreds of women and girls sat college entrance exams throughout the nation, with many aspiring to decide on educating and drugs as future careers.

After the takeover of the nation by the Taliban, universities had been compelled to implement new guidelines together with gender-segregated lecture rooms and entrances, whereas ladies had been solely permitted to be taught by ladies professors or outdated males.

Most teenage women throughout the nation have already been banned from secondary faculty schooling, severely limiting college consumption.

However they’re at odds with many officers in Kabul and amongst their rank and file who had hoped women can be allied to proceed studying following the takeover.

Ladies have been pushed out of many authorities jobs — or are being paid a slashed wage to remain at dwelling. They’re additionally barred from travelling and not using a male family member, and should cowl up outdoors of the house, ideally with a burqa.

In November they had been additionally prohibited from going to parks, funfairs, gyms and public baths.

In a merciless U-turn, the Taliban in March blocked women from returning to secondary colleges on the morning they had been speculated to reopen.

A number of Taliban officers say the secondary schooling ban is barely momentary, however they’ve additionally wheeled out a litany of excuses for the closure — from an absence of funds to the time wanted to transform the syllabus alongside Islamic traces.

The worldwide group has made the best to schooling for all ladies a sticking level in negotiations over help and recognition of the Taliban regime.

“The worldwide group has not and won’t overlook Afghan ladies and women,” the UN Safety Council mentioned in an announcement in September.

Within the 20 years between the Taliban’s two reigns, women had been allowed to go to high school and girls had been in a position to search employment in all sectors, although the nation remained socially conservative.

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