Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen

Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen
A teacher at work in an Afghan classroom (file image). Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The Taliban have excluded girls from the secondary schools of Afghanistan after they ordered only male teachers and boys to return to the classroom.

A statement from the Taliban saying secondary classes would resume made no mention of women or girls.

One Afghan schoolgirl told that she was devastated, adding “Everything looks very dark.”

Despite the militant group promises it is the latest sign Afghanistan is returning to the harsh rule of the 1990s.

On Friday in another development, the Taliban appeared to have shut down the women’s affairs ministry and replaced it with a so-called morality police department that once enforced strict religious doctrines.

During Taliban’s rule between 1996 and 2001, the Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice was responsible to enforce the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic religious law, known as Sharia.

On Saturday, a statement issued ahead of Afghan schools reopening said: “All male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions.”

Secondary schools are usually for students aged between 13 and 18. Most schools in the country are also segregated, which would make it easy for the hardline Islamist group to close down schools for girls.

An Afghan schoolgirl, who had hoped to be a lawyer, said: “I am so worried about my future.”

Her father said: “My mother was illiterate, and my father constantly bullied her and called her an idiot. I didn’t want my daughter to become like my mum.”

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