Universities awaiting go-ahead to admit women – Official

Afghanistan’s universities are ready to readmit female students, but an education official said on Saturday 12 August the ruling Taliban’s leader has the ultimate say on when that might happen — if it happens at all, writes Riazat Butt for AP.

The Taliban barred women from campuses last December, triggering global outrage. Girls had been banned from school beyond sixth grade soon after the Taliban returned to power in August 2021. Afghanistan is the only country in the world with bans on female education.

Afghanistan’s Higher Education Minister Nida Mohammed Nadim said at the time the university ban was necessary to prevent the mixing of genders and because he believed some subjects being taught violated the principles of Islam. He said the ban, issued from the southern city of Kandahar by the Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, was in place until further notice.
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