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Curtains, Strict Rules For Female Students As Afghan Universities Reopen

University lessons re-opened in war-torn Afghanistan on Monday

New Delhi:

Private universities resumed functioning in war-torn Afghanistan on Monday with the Taliban – which has promised a extra average authorities, together with assurances of human rights, notably these regarding ladies and youngsters – permitting feminine college students to attend lessons.

The hardline Islamist group has nonetheless, nevertheless, imposed restrictions on the garments they might put on, the place and the way they’re seated at school, who can educate them, and even the size of their lessons.

Photographs by the Aamaj News Agency (which NDTV has not been in a position to independently confirm) reveal the ‘new regular’ for Afghan faculty college students – divided school rooms, actually and figuratively.

A doc issued by the Taliban’s training authority Saturday, previous to lessons resuming at this time, ordered ladies to put on an abaya gown and niqab (that covers many of the face) and that lessons have to be segregated by intercourse – or a minimum of divided by a curtain.

There was no order for girls to put on the all-enveloping burqa however the niqab successfully covers many of the face anyway, leaving simply the eyes uncovered.


Women have been ordered to put on an abaya gown and a niqab to attend lessons (Representational)

The doc additionally ordered that feminine college students ought to solely be taught by different ladies. If this isn’t doable then “old men of good character” can fill in. “Universities are required to recruit female teachers for female students based on their facilities,” the training authority stated

Among different decrees from the Taliban are that women and men should use separate entrances and exits, and feminine college students should go away 5 minutes earlier to cease women and men from mixing.

Female college students should keep in ready rooms until their male counterparts have left the constructing.

A college professor, who requested to not be named, informed AFP “it is a difficult plan – we don’t have enough female instructors or classes to segregate the girls… But the fact that they are allowing girls to go to schools and universities is a big positive step.”

Girls and boys can even be segregated at main and secondary faculties, which was already frequent all through deeply conservative Afghanistan.

Last month Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the appearing minister for larger training, was quoted by AFP as saying the Taliban desires to “create a reasonable and Islamic curriculum… in line with our Islamic, national and historical values and… be able to compete with other countries”.

Whether ladies can work, freely attend college and faculty and have the ability to combine with males have been among the most urgent questions because the Taliban swept into Kabul on August 15.

August’s assembly of training officers provided a possible reply – no ladies had been current at a gathering of elders in Kabul, though a number of senior Taliban officers had been.

A lecturer who beforehand labored at a metropolis college informed AFP this confirmed “systematic prevention of women’s participation” and “a gap between the Taliban’s commitments and actions”.

University admission charges have risen over the previous 20 years, notably amongst ladies who’ve studied side-by-side with males and attended seminars delivered by male professors.

The Taliban – feared for his or her brutal first regime – has promised to be extra inclusive, notably with reference to human rights and gender equality, however stories just like the one which emerged earlier at this time – a pregnant policewoman was shot useless – have raised fears they are going to revert to sort.

Promises ladies may work have been considered with scepticism too, given stories like Shabnam Dawran, a preferred Afghan journalist who stated she was barred from working at her TV station.

With enter from Reuters, AFP

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