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Hours after reopening schools, Taliban chases away Afghan girls above grade six

“We are also human; why shouldn’t we be able to go to school? What is our fault?” a schoolgirl said as she burst into tears.

• March 23, 2022
Women in hijab

“We are also human; why shouldn’t we be able to go to school? What is our fault?” a schoolgirl said as she burst into tears. “The tears that I’m crying is the blood that my heart is bleeding.” 

Schoolgirls waiting impatiently for classes to resume since the Taliban’s return to power were disappointed when they were turned up for classes on Wednesday.

Many returned home with tearful eyes.

In Afghanistan, schoolgirls beyond grade six were turned away from their classes on Wednesday after a decision by the Taliban government to keep school doors closed to them.

Despite a previous green light, the Taliban’s education ministry announced that all schools will remain closed for girls beyond grade six until further notice.

In the meantime, a school uniform for girls is designed based on Sharia law, Afghan culture and tradition.

On Tuesday, Aziz Ahmad, the Taliban’s education ministry spokesman, said that schools would reopen for girls under specific conditions such as separation of school buildings, observance of hijab face covering and teaching by female instructors.

In traditional Afghan society, boys and girls were already attending separate classes, and all female students and teachers must wear the hijab.


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