Taliban bans women from entering university entrance exams
Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Time

Taliban bans female students from taking part in university entrance exams

The Taliban’s Ministry of Higher Education has issued an order banning female students from taking part in the countrywide university entrance exams in the coming spring.

In a letter issued on Saturday, the group’s Ministry of Higher Education says female applicants to the exams are are to be barred “until further notice.”

Shortly after returning to power in August 2021, the Taliban banned girls from secondary schools, and in December last year, it ordered a ban on women from universities, which the group defended as “necessary to prevent the mixing of genders.”

Despite international condemnations, the Taliban leadership have refused to change course on restrictions on women and girls.