Taliban now say closure of girls’ schools is due to curriculum problem

The Taliban Education Ministry has indicated this Sunday that the prohibition order issued by the fundamentalist authorities against the attendance of girls in the country’s secondary schools was due to problems in organizing the subjects of study.

The ban on girls’ attendance in classes from sixth grade onwards raised eyebrows in the international community, which described the decision as an example of the Taliban regime’s unwillingness to introduce open-minded policies following its conquest of the country nearly a year ago.

Now, the Deputy Minister of Education, Said Ahmad Shahidjail, has assured that “by the light of the Koran that schools will be opened” and has asked for “time” to change a curriculum that, from now on, will be in line with the ultra-conservative doctrine of the movement, with the introduction of, he described, subjects such as “family life, child care or marital behavior”, reports Tolo News.

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All this, Deputy Minister Shahidjail summed up, to make schools open again for girls “free from external pressures and within the framework of Islamic Sharia.”

Afghanistan’s Interior Minister and leader of the terrorist group Haqqani Network, Sirajudin Haqqani, had already stressed in May that “no one” in Afghanistan is opposed to girls and women receiving an education, before stressing that “very soon” there was an announcement on the reopening of classes, closed since August 2021.

He also defended the need for this education to be provided in line with the “values” and “way of thinking” in Afghanistan, amid international criticism against the authorities for the prolonged closure of these classes and the growing discrimination faced by women and girls in the country.

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