Balkhi: Suspension of Schools is ‘Temporary’

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It has been over 300 days since girls’ schools have been closed, Kabul’s officials have said that it depends upon the order of the leader of Islamic Emirate.

Answering for the closing of girls’ schools above sixth grade, the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, in an interview with CGTN TV said that the strict views of most Afghan people on the issue of education and women caused the girls’ schools to remain closed.

Balkhi added that they are trying to solve this problem.

“This suspension is a temporary suspension, and it is not a permanent ban, it has never been called a ban. There is a large percentage of society that has very strict ideas of what women can do and what they cannot do, and for that reason, the government is trying to take an approach that is gradual, it takes those people that do not understand some of the basic Islamic rights of Afghan citizens or of any human being, and the human rights, to try to convince them. It is due to lack of knowledge of that part of the society,” he said.

Meanwhile, girls who have been prevented from going to school for more than eleven months are asking the Islamic Emirate to reopen schools for them. “When women are not allowed to see a namhram, then who should treat a woman when she gets sick?” asked Fariha, a student.

“It is very disappointing and we ask the Islamic Emirate to reopen our schools,” said a student.

“If a government wants to have a progressive and developed society, there is no other way except with education and interaction with the community,” said Waheeda Adalatjo, university lecturer.

It has been over 300 days since girls’ schools have been closed, Kabul’s officials have said that it depends upon the order of the leader of Islamic Emirate.—Tolo News

 

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