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Taliban orders nationwide ban on university education for Afghan girls

Most teenage girls across the country are already barred from secondary school education, which now limits university entry.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kabul: Taliban officials on Tuesday ordered an indefinite ban on university education for Afghan girls. The Ministry of Higher Education has issued a letter regarding this to all government and private universities. The letter signed by Higher Education Minister Neda Mohammad Nadeem said that all of you are informed to implement the mentioned order to suspend the education of women till further notice.

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Ministry spokesman Ziaullah Hashimi, who tweeted the letter, confirmed the order in a text message to AFP.

This order banning higher education has come less than three months after thousands of girls and women across the country were to sit for university entrance exams. Many girls had expressed their desire to become engineers and doctors in the future after studying.

Following the country’s takeover by radical Islamists in August last year, universities were forced to implement new rules including separate classes and admissions based on gender, while women are only allowed to be taught by female professors or older men. Was.

Most teenage girls across the country are already barred from secondary school education, which now limits university entry.

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