Afghanistan’s ministry of education has announced that boys’ schools will reopen from Saturday, after the month-long closure while the capital Kabul changed hands between the previous administration and that of the Taliban. There is no indication at the moment of when girls’ school will similarly be allowed to open.
“All teachers and male students should attend school,” read the statement by the Taliban.
Concerns have been expressed by many commentators that the armed movement, which swept to power in Afghanistan, driving out the government led by former president Ashraf Ghani, could return to the policies it once implemented regarding womens’ education.
While the Taliban had not officially closed schools, they had stated earlier that the security situation prevented girls and women from resuming normal activities. University classes have already resumed in the Afghan capital with segregated activities for male and female students.
Now the education ministry has announced that school classes for boys in grades 7 to 12 would continue on Saturday.