Afghan women can attend schools but in gender-separated classes: Taliban official

KABUL, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Afghan female students can attend higher education institutions and universities but in gender-separated classes, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, acting minister of higher education of the new Taliban government, said on Sunday.

Afghan girls read books at a coffee shop managed by Malalai Mobariz in Shiberghan, capital of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2021. (Photo by Mohammad Jan Aria/Xinhua)

"All government-run universities will reopen soon. Higher education authorities are working on regulations as students will return to their classes," Haqqani told reporters.

The minister noted that "boys and girls would not study together ... They will be separated," as co-education scheme has been against Islamic principle and national values.

The minister noted that the "Islamic dress was also necessary for the female students while attending classes."

The report came as an Afghan female student secured a top position at a national university entrance exam this year.

Being affected by the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year, the Afghan universities were closed after the Taliban takeover of the country in mid-August. However, a number of private universities reopened earlier this week after the Taliban announced a caretaker government in Afghanistan.