KABUL: In the new Afghan Taliban government, the Minister of Higher Education has said that female students can continue their education in universities, including the postgraduate level, but they will have to sit in special classrooms and wear modest dress.
Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the Minister of Higher Education in the Taliban cabinet, announced the new education policy at a news conference on Sunday. “Taliban do not want to take the time to 20 years back. We will start building the things of the present time,” he said.
The education minister said female students would face other restrictions, including a mandatory dress code under the Taliban’s new policies, which would require hijab for female students.
“Classrooms will also be gender segregated. We will not allow boys and girls to study together,” Haqqani said. Subjects taught in universities will also be reviewed. Earlier, the Taliban had banned music during their previous visit to power.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that efforts were underway to recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan at the international level and the international community had also given positive signals in this regard.
Addressing a public gathering in Paktia, Zabihullah Mujahid said the law and order situation in Afghanistan was better and there was no danger for any country of being harmed from Afghan soil.
On September 11, the government of Taliban in Afghanistan had announced to cancel its oath-taking ceremony to avoid wasting resources and money.
Earlier, Taliban had announced that the government members would take oath on September 11, the day of anniversary of 9/11 attacks in America.
“The Islamic Emirate has canceled the swearing-in ceremony to avoid wasteness,” read the statement issued by the government.
On September 7, the Afghan Taliban had announced a caretaker cabinet for new government in Afghanistan, giving top positions to its senior figures.
Declaring the country as Islamic Emirate, the group had appointed Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund acting prime minister who will lead the new cabinet.