Afghanistan Crisis: University students separated in class with curtains

Afghanistan on Monday resumed the university classes in the country but with a “curtain of separation”.

Afghanistan Crisis: University students separated in class with curtains

In the photos posted by Aamaj News (local news agency), male and female students can be seen sitting in a classroom with curtains between them.

To recall, the Taliban had earlier outlined the education policy through their diktat. “Female students should study with a hijab,” Taliban had said in many interviews adding that they have no issue with women education.

The Taliban on Sunday ordered that the women attending private Afghan universities must wear an abaya robe and niqab covering most of the face and classes must be segregated by sex — or at least divided by a curtain.

According to a AFP report, the Taliban’s education authority also ordered that female students should only be taught by other women, but if that was not possible then “old men” of good character could fill in.

The decree applies to private colleges and universities, which have mushroomed since the Taliban’s first rule ended in 2001. During that period, girls and women were mostly excluded from education because of rules regarding same-sex classrooms and the insistence they had to be accompanied by a male relative whenever they left the house.

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