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UN chief regrets Taliban decision on schoolgirls

KABUL (Pajhwok): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the Afghan caretaker government’s decision to stop girls from education is a violation of their rights.

As schools reopened on Wednesday, girls above the sixth grade were asked to stay home. Girls’ high schools would remain closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with the Islamic law and Afghan culture based on the government’s decision.

The Ministry of Education said consultations were ongoing on the regard and a decision would be made in the near future.

Secretary-General Anthony Guterres in a statement said that denial of education not only violates the equal rights of women and girls to education, it also jeopardizes the country’s future in view of the tremendous contributions by Afghan women and girls.

He expressed regret over the decision of the Afghan caretaker government and asked it to reopen the schools to all students without any delay.

The government, on the other hand, said, “Whenever a comprehensive plan is developed in accordance with Sharia rules Afghan culture, schools will be opened to all girls.”

Qatar, Canada, a number of other countries and international organizations have also criticized the decision of the Afghan government to suspend girls schools.

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