Taliban claims closure of girl’s school “temporary”, says not a “permanent ban”

24 July, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Taliban declared on Saturday that the closure of girls' schools above the sixth grade was "temporary," and that it was not a "permanent prohibition."

Taliban declared on Saturday that the closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade was “temporary,” and that it was not a “permanent prohibition.”

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi stated, “this suspension is a temporary suspension, it is not a permanent ban, and it has never been termed a ban.”

In defending Taliban, he stated that the Taliban’s stringent views on education and women prompted the girls’ schools to remain closed, according to Tolo News.

“There is a large percentage of society that has very strict ideas about what women can and cannot do, and as a result, the government is trying to take a gradual approach, taking those people who do not understand some of the basic Islamic rights of Afghan citizens or any human being, and the human rights, to try to convince them. It is due to a lack of understanding in that segment of society “He stated.

Balkhi stated that they are working to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, females who have been barred from attending school for more than eleven months have petitioned the Taliban to reopen schools for them, according to Tolo News.

Over 300 days have passed since girls’ schools were closed, and Kabul officials have stated that it is dependent on the Taliban leader’s command.

The Taliban leadership in Afghanistan has faced widespread condemnation for issuing an edict prohibiting girls from attending education beyond the sixth grade.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that women’s rights in Afghanistan had deteriorated since the Taliban’s takeover.