Afghan public universities reopen with gender segregated classes | Women’s Rights News


Afghanistan’s major universities have reopened six months after the Taliban returned to energy, however solely a trickle of girls have returned to now-segregated courses.

Most secondary faculties for women and all public universities have been shuttered following the Taliban’s August 15 takeover, sparking fears ladies can be barred from schooling – as occurred in the course of the first rule of the Taliban, from 1996-2001.

The Taliban insist they are going to permit women and girls to be educated this time round – however solely in segregated courses and in line with an Islamic curriculum. The courses for female and male college students will likely be performed at completely different occasions, in line with the ToloNews.

“I’m glad that the college resumed … we wish to proceed our research,” mentioned an English main who requested to be recognized solely as Basira.

However she mentioned there was a scarcity of lecturers, including, “Perhaps as a result of some have left the nation.”

Tens of hundreds of Afghans left the nation, amongst them academics, after the collapse of the West-backed authorities of Prime Minister Ashraf Ghani following the march of Taliban fighters on the capital Kabul in mid-August.

 

Some public tertiary establishments within the south of the nation resumed final month, however on Saturday Kabul College, the oldest and largest with a scholar physique of about 25,000 final yr, re-opened with out fanfare – and few college students in attendance.

At the very least 19 universities and academic institutes have been reopened, reported the Kabul-based ToloNews quoting the Ministry of Increased Training.

Basira mentioned there have been “some difficulties” – together with college students being scolded by Taliban guards for bringing their cell phones to class.

“They didn’t behave effectively with us … they have been impolite,” she mentioned.

One other English scholar, Maryam, mentioned solely seven ladies attended her class.

“Earlier than we have been 56 college students, girls and boys,” she mentioned.

Taliban guards refused journalists entry to the sprawling campus and didn’t permit media groups to linger close to the doorway.

Students walk along the courtyard of the Badakshan UniversityCollege students stroll alongside the courtyard at Badakshan College in Faizabad after Afghanistan’s major universities re-opened [Omer Abrar/AFP]

No college students in Panjshir

The same image emerged from campuses throughout the nation, though no college students returned to class at Panjshir College.

“I have no idea if they are going to come tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, or not,” mentioned Professor Noor-ur-Rehman Afzali.

Panjshir was the final province to fall to the Taliban final yr, and Jaber Jibran, a school head, mentioned a number of school rooms destroyed in that combating had nonetheless not been repaired.

The Taliban have mentioned beforehand that ladies college students should put on a black abaya over their our bodies and hijab on their heads, however stopped wanting insisting on the all-covering burqa that was obligatory throughout their earlier rule.

A number of college students, nevertheless, appeared dressed no in another way Saturday than they might have earlier than the Taliban takeover, with a easy scarf masking their heads.

“I’ve by no means worn any hijab earlier than … it’s new for me,” mentioned Sohaila Rostami, a biology scholar in her final semester at Bamiyam College.

“I used to put on denims and different regular garments. It will likely be troublesome for me to look at hijab,” she advised AFP.

Afghan female students walk towards their university in KabulAfghan college students stroll in direction of their college in Kabul, Afghanistan [Hussein Malla/AP Photo]

In Herat, the traditional Silk Highway metropolis close to the Iranian border and as soon as one of many Islamic world’s most essential mental centres, college students additionally complained a few lack of tutors.

“A few of our professors have additionally left the nation, however we’re glad that the college gates are open,” mentioned Parisa Narwan, finding out arts.

In Kabul, scholar Haseenat mentioned campus life for girls was now very completely different to earlier than.

“We’re advised to not exit of our courses,” she advised AFP.

“There isn’t any cafeteria any extra … we’re not allowed to go to the college’s courtyard.”

No nation has but recognised the brand new Taliban regime, which has imposed a number of restrictions on ladies – together with banning them from many authorities jobs.

Western sanctions and the freezing of Kabul’s belongings value billions of {dollars} within the wake of Taliban seize have pushed Afghanistan’s economic system in direction of close to collapse. The UN has warned of an impending humanitarian catastrophe with greater than half of the nation’s inhabitants going through meals insecurity.

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