Underscoring its goal to bar women from postsecondary education, the Taliban-run Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan has instructed private universities not to allow female students to sit university admission examinations the next month.
Institutions in Afghanistan's northern regions, including Kabul, where exams are scheduled to begin at the end of February, received a letter from the government. According to the letter, any institutions breaking the restrictions would be subject to legal action.
Universities were instructed to stop accepting female students by the Higher Education Ministry in December, "until further notice." Days afterwards, the government forbade the majority of female NGO employees from working. Most high schools for girls have also been shut down by the authorities.
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