(KABUL) JUST IN: The Taliban’s education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, announced a series of new restrictions on women and girls’ education in Afghanistan at a press conference Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: Going forward, the #Taliban will enforce gender segregation at the country’s universities based on their belief that coeducation is un-Islamic…..

#AceDailyNews says that the #Taliban have announced new rules for women and girls’ education the new rules include gender segregation and an Islamic dress code; subjects are also under review.

Afghan girls raise their hands during an English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul in 2006

“Coeducation is in conflict 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,” Haqqani said.

In outlining the policy, Haqqani announced that campuses should ideally be segregated by gender. He said that short of that, universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure that classrooms are partitioned down the middle and seating is divided based on gender.

Women attend a program to support Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11

A strict dress code will likely apply at Afghanistan’s universities

The Taliban have already said they hope to have women teach female students. If that is not possible, men may teach women, but classes should follow the Taliban’s rigid interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.

The minister also stated that hijab or head coverings will be part of a compulsory dress code, but did not specify if this includes the niqab face covering.

Haqqani said the new rules are the outcome of the successful jihad waged against the West to establish an “Islamic system.” The minister claimed he did not want to turn back the clock to 20 years ago, when the Taliban last ruled and women and girls were not allowed to go to school, but said that the Taliban would “start building on what exists today.”

On Saturday, the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signaling the start of the new government.

Afghan women's rights defenders and civil activists protest for equal rights in Kabul earlier this month
Women who demonstrated for equal rights earlier this month protested on the streets.

ar/rc (AP, dpa)

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.13: 2021:

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