Afghan Secondary Schools Reopen for Boys Only as Girls Excluded

Only Male Teachers and Students Have Been Ordered to Return Back to The Classrooms

The Taliban have excluded all females from returning back as Afghan secondary schools reopen and have ordered for the male teaching staff members along with boy students to return back to further continue their studies. A public statement has been given by the Taliban regarding the reopening of Afghan secondary schools throughout the country, although no mention has been made regarding the continuation of classes for female students or teachers.

One of the Afghan school girls gave her a statement saying that she had become devastated after hearing the news and that now everything looks dark.

Despite the previously made promises by the Taliban, it is one of the latest signs being observed which suggest that the entire country of Afghanistan is gradually returning back to the time of harsh ruling under the Islamist group during the 1990s.

In another recent development, the Taliban had appeared on Friday to close down the affairs ministry for women and replaced the entire office with a department governed by them that would be enforcing some of the strict doctrines of the Islam religion.

During the ruling of Taliban between the time period of 1996 till 2001, the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice was the responsible department for the deployment of so-called morality police across the country to enforce the strict interpretation by Taliban of the religious laws imposed by Islam, which is also known as Sharia.

Future of women in Afghanistan

A public statement had been issued for the general population before the reopening of the Afghan secondary schools on Saturday, which stated that all of the working male teachers along with students should be attending their respective educational institutes from now onwards.

The Afghan secondary schools located throughout the country usually have students between the ages of 13 and 18. Most of the schools also have segregated sections for male and female students, which has made it further easier for the Taliban to close down the schools only for girls.

The prospects after the closure of Afghan secondary schools for girls only look bleak for both female students along their parents.

One of the schoolgirls in Afghanistan, who wanted to become a lawyer when she grew older, said that she is worried about her future, as everything looks very dark. Every single day when she wakes up in the morning, she asks herself the reason for being alive and whether she should just stay inside her home and wait for a male individual to come knocking at her door and asks her to marry him. And whether this is the only purpose of being a woman on this Earth.

The father of the schoolgirl stated his opinion and said that his mother was not educated, due to which his father had constantly bullied her, which is the reason why he does not want his daughter to be like his mother and gain education to become empowered.

Gradual reduction in female education

Earlier this week, it was announced by the Taliban that women would be allowed to study at universities located across the country but would have to abide by certain specified regulations, including segregation from men in the classroom and a new dress code. Meanwhile, the Afghan secondary schools would only be allowing boys to return back to their classes as per normal scheduling.

Some people have suggested that the new rules that have been imposed over universities regarding female students are a new way to gradually exclude women from all educational institutes, as the universities are unable to have the required resources to completely follow through with the regulations by the Taliban and provide separate classes for female students.

By barring girls from joining the Afghan secondary school also means that none of the female students would be gaining further education in the country.

Since the removal of the Taliban from power in the year 2001, there has been an enormous amount of progress in the improvement of the education system of Afghanistan, which resulted in elevated literacy rates throughout the country, especially of females.

The number of girls in the Afghan secondary schools and primary schools had increased from being zero to 2.5 million students in a decade, while the literacy rate of females nearly doubles in amount to around 30%. However, major improvement had been observed in some of the major cities across the country as compared to rural villages and small towns.

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