Taliban begins enrollment of female 12th graders in medical institutes

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KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban’s Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan has initiated the enrollment of female 12th-grade graduates in medical institutes across at least 11 provinces.

According to a recent newsletter from the Ministry, the enrollment process is underway in Kapisa, Parwan, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Paktika, Logar, Khost, Badakhshan, Bamyan, and Paktia provinces.

This development occurs amidst ongoing restrictions on education for girls and women in Afghanistan.

Since late 2021, girls have been barred from attending secondary schools, and since December 2022, female students have also been prohibited from attending universities.

Additionally, the Taliban has imposed a ban on women taking exit medical exams, a crucial step for graduates of medical universities.

UN figures show that at least 1.1 million girls have been deprived of education after Taliban ban on secondary schools.