Taliban says Afghan girls will return to secondary schools soon

Oct 18, 2021: The Afghan Interior Ministry says girls will soon be allowed to return to secondary schools soon under the Taliban regime.

Talking to representative of Al Jazeera News on Sunday, Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said that the exact time would be announced by the education ministry.

According to Khosti, in his understanding and knowledge, in a very short time all universities and schools will reopen and all girls and women will return to school and their teaching jobs.

After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, teenage girls were told to stay out of the house until a “safe learning environment” was established. But boys of all grades and girls of primary age were told to return to school. The expulsion of older girls has raised fears that the Taliban could return to their hard-line rule of the 1990s, when women and girls were legally barred from education and employment.

Khosti indicated that it was imminent secondary school girls would soon be able to return to school.

Girls in Taliban governed Afghanistan want to go back to school, they want to continue their studies. This is also one of the demands of the international community for the Taliban to protect and safeguard the rights of girls and women to go to school and to work.

When the Taliban took power in August, the armed group promised to uphold the rights of girls and women. Some of their actions have troubled the international community. It has sent mixed signals about women working in government offices and has forced universities to formulate gender segregation policies to reopen them.

The Taliban’s return to women’s rights has also drawn criticism from Qatar and Pakistan, which have called on the international community to negotiate with the Taliban.

Al-Thani said Qatar, which hosts the Taliban’s political office, should be used as a model for how a Muslim society can be run. “Our system is an Islamic system but we have more women than men in manpower, government and higher education.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, meanwhile, said that although he doubted that the Taliban would once again impose a complete ban on girls’ education, the group should be reminded that Islam would never allow this to happen again.

Talking to the BBC in an interview, Khan said, “The idea that women should not be educated is not just Islamic. It has nothing to do with religion.”

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