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Universities reopen in Afghanistan with lower female students attendance

Universities reopen in Afghanistan with lower female students attendance

Kabul: After nearly nine months, public universities in Kandahar and Helmand provinces in Afghanistan have begun to function again but female students have certain rules to obey to attend the classes.

Most of the education institutions across the country remained closed beyond their summer break following the takeover of the governance by the Taliban. They are high schools that have reopened since then but only for boys, which prompted education activists and students to call on authorities to make measures to continue study.

Reports suggested that female students were not happy with the governmental restrictions on their institutional studies because of which attendance by female students seemed to be lower on the reopening.

On Sunday, the Taliban announced that classes will restart at public universities without any reference to women attending classes. But even as Kandahar and Helmand opened this week, other universities in the southern provinces of Zabul and Uruzgan remained shut.

According to the former Afghan government's education ministry, 10% of Kandahar University's 12,000 students were women prior to the Taliban takeover.

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