The Taliban has announced that women in Afghanistan will not be allowed to attend classes at the university level with men in official report. Institutions will have to segregate classes based on gender with the syllabus due for review.

The move has sparked fears women will be prevented from the education system as rights activists and students point out universities may not have the resources to execute these changes.

The ultra-conservative regime had earlier said that co-education will be banned under the new government. On Saturday, the new higher education minister of the Taliban government, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, officially announced the change and laid out a series of rules that will govern women’s access to higher education in Afghanistan.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Haqqani said women and men will no longer study in the same class. “We have no problems in ending the mixed-education system,” he told reporters.

Female students will also only be allowed to be taught by women professors. He added that the subjects being taught at universities would be reviewed.

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