The Taliban on Wednesday ordered secondary girls schools in Afghanistan to shut just hours after they reopened, saying they would remain closed until further notice.
Taliban Spokesman Inamullah Samangani confirmed reports that all girls’ high schools and those schools that are have female students above class six that “they are off” until the next order.
The ban on female education comes just one day after the Ministry of Education congratulated all students on their returning to class.
The Ministry on Tuesday in a statement announced that schools for all students, including girls and high school-aged girls, would open around the country on Wednesday, but it was not the case.
An AFP team was filming at Zarghona High School in the capital Kabul when a teacher entered and ordered everyone to go home.
“Crestfallen students, back in class for the first time since the Taliban seized power in August last year, tearfully packed up their belongings and filed out,” the outlet added.
“Hearing disturbing reports that female students above the sixth grade will not be invited back to school by the authorities, if true, what could possibly be the reason?” UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said in a tweet.
Taliban came to power in mid-August after toppling the western-backed Afghan government, but the group has yet to be recognized by the international community.
The world has made the education of girls a key demand for any future recognition of the Taliban administration.
Taliban during their regime back in 1996 to 2001, they banned girls from schools and women from workplaces, but this time they pledged to keep open the doors of education to women and girls.
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