Students, teachers call on Govt to open girls’ schools

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After the collapse of former government, schoolgirls from grade 7 to 12 have been allowed to continue their studies in eight provinces of Afghanistan.

They urged the new government to let girls continue their education in Kunar, as they have been allowed in some other provinces.

“My sisters are in grade eight and nine, they are always asking me about their schools, they get upset when they hear no clear news about the reopening of schools. We ask the Islamic Emirate to let schools be opened,” said a girl in grade 5.

Along with students, a number of teachers and tribal elders in Kunar province claimed that the Islamic Emirate is behaving inconistently toward Afghan students across Afghanistan.

“High schools are closed in eastern provinces; schools must be opened so everyone–men and women–are allowed to learn and get an education in Islam,” said a teacher.

Meanwhile, the head of the education department in Kunar province, Mawllawi Muhebullah Haidari, said the department is prepared to reopen schools for girls if they receive permission.

“We ask elders ( government leaders) to give permission, we are ready to open the schools,” said Haidari.

Based on the reports, nearly 70.000 girls are attending in Kunar’s schools. After the collapse of former government, schoolgirls from grade 7 to 12 have been allowed to continue their studies in eight provinces of Afghanistan. Schools in the remaining provinces are still shut.—Agencies

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