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Taliban say Afghan boys’ schools to reopen, no mention of girls By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A group of schoolboys see Karim Asir (25), perform in Afghanistan’s Charlie Chaplin show at a Kabul, Afghanistan school on September 5, 2018. Picture taken September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/File Photo


(Reuters) – Afghan schools will open for boys from Saturday, the new Taliban ministry of education said in a statement that gave no indication of when girls might be able to go back to their classes.

Most schools have been closed for more than one month since the Taliban seized Kabul’s capital. They have also struggled to restore normal city life and reopen the economy.

A few schools were able to open, where girls have been allowed to go up to sixth grade, while women have taken university courses. However, high schools for girls are closed.

Officials from the Taliban have stated that they won’t repeat the fundamentalist policies implemented by the Taliban’s previous government which prohibited girls education. They also promised that they would allow girls to continue their studies in segregated schools.

Although the Taliban didn’t order schools to be closed after they took over, the Taliban claimed that the security situation made it impossible for many girls and women to participate in activities. The latest statement also did not include girls.

According to the statement, both public and private elementary and secondary school will be opened from Saturday. Official madrasa religious and state schools as well would remain open.

The statement stated that all teachers and students must attend school.

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