The Taliban ordered girls’ secondary schools in Afghanistan to shut Wednesday just hours after they reopened, an official confirmed, sparking confusion and heartbreak over the policy reversal by the hardline Islamist group.
“Yes, it’s true,” Taliban spokesman Inamullah Samangani told AFP when asked to confirm reports that girls had been ordered home.
He would not immediately explain the reasoning, while education ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmad Rayan said: “We are not allowed to comment on this”.
The sudden move is likely to spark fresh concerns over girls’ education in the war-torn nation. Upon capturing power in the country, the Taliban had promised to ‘protect’ the rights of women, children and minorities.
Keeping up with its promise, the regime, in September 2021, allowed some schools for girls, up to class 6, to reopen. Also, women were allowed to visit universities. However, high schools for female students remained closed, and the Islamic emirate announced that classes for all girls would resume ‘at the earliest.’
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(Inputs from agencies)