Taliban claims, 75 percent girls have started going to school in Afghanistan

New Delhi: The Taliban-ruled government in Afghanistan has said that 75 percent of girl students in schools across the country have resumed their classes. Speaking at the Center for Afghanistan, Middle East and Africa (CAMEA) in Islamabad, Pakistan, Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, made the remarks while answering a question about the status of girls’ education in Afghanistan.

After taking over the war-ravaged country in August this year, the Taliban closed schools for both boys and girls. From 18 September, the Taliban allowed boys and male teachers in classes 6-12 to attend schools.

Some schools reopened for girls up to class 6 and women were also allowed to attend universities. But high schools for girls are closed and the Islamic emirate claimed in September that they would be allowed to resume classes for all girls as soon as possible.

The Taliban has drawn sharp criticism from the global community for restricting girls’ education.

Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki also said that the emphasis on women’s education instead of focusing on teachers’ salaries is a duplicity of the global community, as Afghanistan’s wealth is frozen by the West, the Dawn report said.

Muttaki said 500,000 civil servants are being paid in Afghanistan and no one has been fired because of differences in political views. According to the report, the caretaker foreign minister also claimed that no woman has been dismissed.

However, several media reports have suggested that women are still not allowed to go to work and many of them have protested to demand their rights to employment and education. On the other hand, most of the girl students who depend on the public education system in Afghanistan also stay at home.

“Revisions will be made based on our new laws. Islamic scholars will decide,” said Abdul Hakim, the education minister’s chief of staff. “We want an Islamic approach, and that means separate classes and transportation. Once this is sorted out, girls can continue education for the rest of their lives,” Hakim said.

first published:Nov. 13, 2021, 12:15 p.m.



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