Afghan public universities reopen with gender segregated classes

Afghanistan’s main universities have reopened six months after the Taliban returned to power, but only a trickle of women have returned to now-segregated classes.

Most secondary schools for girls and all public universities were shuttered following the Taliban’s August 15 takeover, sparking fears women would be barred from education – as happened during the first rule of the Taliban, from 1996-2001.

The Taliban insist they will allow girls and women to be educated this time around – but only in segregated classes and according to an Islamic curriculum. The classes for male and female students will be conducted at different times, according to the ToloNews.

“I am happy that the university resumed … we want to continue our studies,” said an English major who asked to be identified only as Basira.