Girls’ schools in Afghanistan ordered shut just hours after reopening

Taliban retraced on reopening girls' schools
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The Taliban has ordered secondary girls’ schools to shut down just hours after they reopened in Afghanistan. The reversal has sparked widespread confusion earlier; thousands of girls returned to their classrooms after the group announced reopening the schools. Taliban closed the girls’ schools again. The Taliban has been facing criticisms for imposing restrictions on the education of women and girls.

Taliban closed the girls' schools again
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In Afghanistan, the Taliban has reversed its decision to allow girls to go to school, saying a decision on girls’ school uniforms remains to be made.

These include banning films that violate Sharia law, Islamic law, and Afghan values and exposing men’s naked bodies.

In addition, comedy programs are also not allowed that ridicule religion or offend anyone.

The Taliban also insists to restrict the foreign films that promote foreign cultural values to forecast.

On Afghan TV channels, foreign TV dramas in which women play the lead roles, are unbearable.

The Taliban’s announcement to bar women and girls from going to school meant that Afghanistan was the only country that prevented half of its population from getting the education.

The closed girls’ schools were to reopen today, not working for the last several months. However, a notice issued by the Ministry of Education stated that the schools would remain closed.

Taliban retraced on reopening girls' schools
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Many girls cried at the last minute when the government took back the decision, and parents expressed anger and frustration. One week ago, the education ministry said schools for all students, including girls, would reopen on Wednesday.

The Taliban claim that their measures to prevent women from working and getting an education are only temporary. These and aimed solely at protecting the environment for women in all working institutions and educational institutions. That’s why Taliban closed the girls’ schools again.

However, the latest notice states, “We notify all girls’ high schools and those schools in which older girls are studying from sixth grade, remain closed till further notice.”

The notice also said that the schools will reopen soon. It will be by following a decision on girls’ uniforms by Afghan traditions and Sharia law.

Since the occupation of Afghanistan in August last year, there have been fears that the Taliban will ban women’s education once again. The Taliban banned women’s education during their first term between 1996 and 2001. And at the start of the present term, Taliban closed the girls’ schools again.

But Sohail Shaheen, head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, dismissed the notion that the Taliban was reneging on its promise to educate girls. He said that there was no dispute regarding girls ‘schools. Instead, it was a technical matter of decision regarding girls’ school uniforms that was causing the delay. 

He said that the Ministry of Education was making uniforms for all female students, but the uniforms were not available in the whole country. He hoped that the issue of uniforms will soon resolve.

One of the demands before the international community received foreign aid from the Taliban was to give women and girls the right to education in the country.

The sudden reversal of the Taliban government’s decision to reopen schools has sparked anger and resentment among the girls’ parents.

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