Taliban Ban University Education For Afghan Girls

Children walk past a locked school gate after Taliban militants seized a police station in Bannu on December 20, 2022. (Photo by Karim ULLAH / AFP)

Kabul: Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Tuesday banned university education for females nationwide, as the hardline Islamists continue to crush women’s right to education and freedom.

Despite promising a softer rule when they seized power last year, the Taliban have ratcheted up restrictions on all aspects of women’s lives, ignoring international outrage.

“You all are informed to immediately implement the mentioned order of suspending education of females until further notice,” said a letter issued to all government and private universities, signed by the Minister for Higher Education, Neda Mohammad Nadeem.

Washington condemned the decision “in the strongest terms.”

“The Taliban should expect that this decision, which is in contravention to the commitments they have made repeatedly and publicly to their own people, will carry concrete costs for them,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington.

The universities are currently on winter break and due to reopen in March.

After the takeover of the country by the Taliban, universities were forced to implement new rules including gender segregated classrooms and entrances, while women were only permitted to be taught by women professors or old men.

Most teenage girls across the country have already been banned from secondary school education, severely limiting university intake.

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