Plan for girls’ schooling with PM’s Office: MoE

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) said that a plan to reopen the schools for female students in grades 7-12 has been presented to the Prime Minister’s Office.

A spokesman for the MoE, Aziz Ahmad Riyan, said appointing female teachers for female students, and the segregation of boys and girls are the points included in the plan.

“The schools of boys and girls be separated. If there is a complex problem or an economic one, then the time shift should be changed. The female teachers should honor the Hijab. The women students should be taught by female teachers,” he said.

This comes as a dozens of students gathered in the eastern province of Nanagarhar where they protested the decision of the current government to ban girls in grades 7-12 from going to school.

“We are sad and concerned about our future. One year was wasted and we have not studied,” a student told TOLOnews.

Although the Islamic Emirate earlier announced that all schools will be reopened for male and female students in spring, on Tuesday, the female students above grade sixth were not allowed to attend their classes. The analysts believe that depriving girls of access to education will affect the country’s development.

“They should announce again the reopening of schools as soon as possible so the doors of schools and universities are reopened for the girls and women,” said Hameedullah Hotak, a political analyst. The closing of girls’ secondary and high schools faced national and international reactions. The residents of Kabul called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen the schools for girls in grades 7-12.

The EU said the Afghan women’s situation since the collapse of the previous government is worrying. “The conference will feature interventions by Parliament President Roberta Metsola, former Afghan Minister of Women’s Affairs Sima Samar, Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR – recorded message), EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (recorded message tbc) and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (recorded message). It will be concluded with an address and musical appearance by Afghan singer and songwriter Aryana Sayeed, with her song “Lady of the Land of Fire,” the press release reads.

The Islamic Emirate said that it support the negotiations which are productive.

“Islamic Emirate welcomes the negotiations which are constructive and not challengeable. Of course, I should say that these talks should be based on Islamic values,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

The participants are also expected to discuss the future perspectives for women in the country and how to support women.—Tolonews

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