Pajhwok Afghan News

Girls’ schools meeting required conditions to reopen

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The acting education minister says the Islamic Emirate is not against girls’ education and they will be allowed to study at schools meeting the required conditions.

Noorullah Munir, during a visit to northern Baghlan province, met with government officials and teachers on Sunday afternoon.

Munir promised schools in villages as well as cities would reopen to all Afghans in accordance with Islamic principles.

He said girls’ schools had reopened in some provinces. Schools in other areas would also gradually reopen once they met the required conditions.

“We are not against the education of girls. Girls’ schools are currently open in many areas of the country … Schoolgirls should observe hijab and their teachers should be female. Girls’ schools should be separate from boys,” he said.

Teacher Ali Madad, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, said the previous government had not paid due attention to the education sector in some districts of the province.

“The education department in Dahna-e-Ghori district has been without a building over the past two decades and teachers have not been given due privileges,” he complained.

A number of other teachers made similar comments and called on the education minister to resolve their problems.

The statement from the education minister comes as the new academic year begins within 14 days.

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