Afghan students will be required to wear a black abaya, with a niqab covering their face, and will take lessons in single-sex classes, according to a decree issued by the new Taliban regime on the eve of the reopening of the country’s private universities.
Women registered in these establishments will also have to leave the class five minutes before the students and wait in waiting rooms until the latter have left the premises, specifies this decree dated Saturday and published by the Ministry of Higher Education. .
The universities will be required to “recruit female teachers for students”, or attempt to recruit “older teachers” whose morality has been scrutinized, can we still read in this decree.
When the Islamist movement first came to power between 1996 and 2001, the single sex rule had prevented almost all women from studying. Wearing the burqa, a long veil completely covering the head and body, with a wire mesh covering the eyes, was then compulsory.
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The abaya, which students in private institutions must wear, is a large veil covering the body. The niqab covers his face and reveals the eyes.
The issue of women’s rights is the one on which the Taliban, who seized power on August 15 after a lightning military offensive, are the most awaited by the international community.
The latter, as well as a part of the Afghan population, indeed keeps in mind the brutality of the Islamist movement which endeavors, since its return to power, to show a more moderate face.
Regarding single-sex classes, “it will be complicated from a practical point of view, we do not have enough teachers or enough classrooms to separate the girls” from the boys, underlines a professor to AFP. university, who requested anonymity.
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“But the fact that they allow girls to go to school and go to university is in itself an important and positive step,” he adds.
Before the Taliban returned, female Afghan students could attend classes in mixed classes and attend seminars given by men.
Over the past twenty years, schools and universities have not been spared by the violence that has rocked the country and suffered several deadly attacks.
The Taliban have always denied any involvement in these attacks, some of which have been claimed by the local branch of the Islamic State group.