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The higher education ministry in December told universities not to admit female students until further notice (File photo/AP)
A letter from the ministry was addressed to institutes in Afghanistan’s northern provinces, including Kabul, where exams are due from the end of February
Taliban-run Higher Ministry Education ordered private universities in Afghanistan Not allowing female students to sit university entrance exams next month, underscoring its policy of banning women from tertiary education.
A letter from the ministry was addressed to institutes in the northern provinces of Afghanistan, including Kabul, where exams are due from the end of February. The letter states that institutions not following the rules will face legal action.
The higher education ministry in December told universities not to admit female students “until further notice”. A few days later, the administration barred most of the women NGO workers from working. Most of the girls’ high schools have also been closed by the authorities.
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Restrictions on women’s work and education have drawn international condemnation. Western diplomats have indicated that giving the Taliban a chance to gain formal international recognition and reduce their economic isolation would require a change of course on their policies towards women.
The country is in the midst of an economic crisis, partly due to sanctions affecting its banking sector and cuts to development funding, with aid agencies warning millions are in urgent need of aid.
However, a World The bank’s report this week also said the Taliban administration, which has said it is focused on greater economic self-reliance, had kept revenue collections strong last year and increased exports.
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