The Taliban has announced a wave of new rules for female students in Afghanistan.
Afghan universities will be segregated by gender and a new Islamic dress code will be introduced, Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani said.
Women will ultimately not be permitted to study alongside men.
Women and girls were banned from schools and universities under Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001.
The announcement of the higher education policy comes just one day since the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signalling the beginning of their administration.
Prior to the Taliban taking control just weeks ago, universities were co-educational, with men and women studying side by side where female’s did not have to abide by a dress code.
“We have no problems in ending the mixed-education system,” Haqqani said.
“The people are Muslims and they will accept it.”
Women will be required to wear hijabs at all times.
Haqqani also said that subjects taught at universities will be reviewed.
He said the Taliban wanted to “create a reasonable and Islamic curriculum that is in line with our Islamic, national and historical values and, on the other hand, be able to compete with other countries”.
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