Taliban bans women from studying with men

Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani announced that women would be allowed to study, but not with men. He also announced a review of the subjects that are to be taught to the students.

Women and girls were banned from schools and universities under Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001.

The Taliban have said they will not prevent women from being educated or having jobs. But since they seized control on 15 August, they have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, to stay away from work, until the security situation improves. Sunday’s announcement of the higher education policy comes a day after the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signalling the beginning of their administration. They seized control from the elected government a month ago.

The policy marks a significant change from the accepted practice before the Taliban takeover. Female students did not have to abide by a dress code and universities were co-educational.

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