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Closure of schools can affect girls’ future: AI

Closure of schools can affect girls’ future: AI

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29 Mar 2022 - 15:13
Closure of schools can affect girls’ future: AI
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29 Mar 2022 - 15:13

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Amnesty International (IA) says the Taliban government’s decision to shut secondary schools for girls until further notice has left them “heartbroken” and “disappointed”.

After the Afghan caretaker government decided to cancel the opening of girls’ high schools, the move drew both domestic and international reactions.

AI in its recent report has said the Afghan government’s refusal to reopen girls’ secondary and high schools would affect the future of students.

Meanwhile, a number of girl students also told the AI that the government’s refusal to reopen their schools have heartbroken them.

Girls’ schools above the sixth grade in most parts of Afghanistan have been closed for more than seven months since the current administration came to power.

Earlier, the acting government had pledged to reopen all schools nationwide on March 25, but the Ministry of Education suddenly ordered closure of high schools for girls.

The Education Ministry in a statement had said whenever a proper uniform in line with Islamic Sharia and Afghan culture was designed and approved, then the Islamic Emirate leadership will allow the resumption of girls schools above class sixth.

Meanwhile, AI head for South Asia, Yamini Mishra said the ban on girls’ education would have a severe impact on Afghanistan’s social rebuilding and economic growth.

“The Taliban’s citing of Sharia and Afghan culture is an old trick designed to deny women and girls their rights. It is a completely unacceptable justification for their devastating U-turn this week, which is a blatant violation of the right to education and casts a shadow over the futures of millions of Afghan girls,” she said.

Mishra added, “Denying girls the right to education will have a far-reaching impact on Afghanistan’s prospects of social rebuilding and economic growth.”

The organization asked the international community to make girls’ education a red line for negotiations with the Taliban.

“The Taliban must, without further delay, allow girls of all ages to attend school and stop using cynical pretexts to further its discriminatory agenda,” she said.

However, Aziz Ahmad Rayan, spokesman of the Ministry of Education, did not comment about the AI report.

He said that the reopening of schools for girls above the sixth grade depended on the decision of the leadership of the “Islamic Emirate”.

A day earlier,UN Security Council had asked UNAMA to discuss the reopening of girls’ schools with Afghan government officials.

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