Photos of classes at Avicenna University in Kabul show a gray curtain dividing the center of the classroom girl students Wearing long tunics and head veils, but with visible faces.
It is not known whether the room-sharing was ordered by the Taliban.
Students of Avicenna University in Kabul, in an image released on the social network – Photo: Reproduction/via Reuters
A section of the country’s women fear losing the rights they have fought for in the last two decades. Many families and authorities in the very conservative country oppose allowing them to study.
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A professor of journalism at the University of Herat told Reuters that they have decided to split their class into two parts – the first half will be attended by women and then it will be the men’s turn.
Some students and teachers fled the country.
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International observers are paying attention to what happens to the country’s educational units after the Taliban return to rule.
Some Western countries have said they will send aid to Afghanistan only if the Taliban treat women and girls well.
During the group’s first government, between 1996 and 2001, women were banned from attending schools and universities and could not work.
In recent weeks, the Taliban have claimed that women would receive specific treatment under Islamic law, but never stated what it meant.
What the Taliban has already said about girl students
The Taliban also established new rules for students attending universities: Afghan students must wear a black abaya (a long dress worn by Muslims) and a veil, the niqab, which covers the face while showing only the eyes.
classes will not mix, according to a decree issued by the new Taliban regime.
In addition, women enrolled in these establishments must leave the room five minutes before male students and wait in the waiting rooms until they leave the campus in accordance with the decree dated Saturday (4) and published by the Ministry Was. Higher education.
Universities must “recruit female professors for students” or try to hire “elderly professors” whose ethics have been tested.
Curtain is a temporary solution
Professors and students from universities in major cities (Kabul, Kandahar and Herat) said the women have been isolated – they take classes in other rooms or are confined to a specific part of the campus.
Anjila, a 21-year-old student of Kabul University, says that even before the Taliban came to power, students were segregated on the basis of gender, but there was no physical division between them. “It is unacceptable to have curtains,” she said.
Officially, the Taliban did not comment on the photographs of the students stripped from the curtains. A leader of the extremist group made a statement about the images on the condition that they would not be identified. Division is completely acceptable, he said, and Afghanistan is a country of limited resources and it is best to have the same teacher teaching both sides of the classroom now.