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Stanikzai admits failure in reopening girls’ schools beyond 6th grade to Iranian delegation

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Fidel Rahmati
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Written By: Hakim Bigzaad

Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban administration, has informed an Iranian delegation that they have been unable to create conditions for reopening schools to girls above the sixth grade.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban on Monday, Stanikzai has declared girls’ education a religious right and stated that they are striving to reopen schools as soon as possible.

For over two years, girls above the sixth grade have been deprived of education and under the rule of the Taliban regime, are only allowed to study up until the sixth grade.

About a week ago, the academic year for young girls ended, and girls in the sixth grade, having completed it, were barred from continuing their education.

Abbas Stanikzai, one of the few prominent figures of the Taliban administration, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of education and schooling for girls, but it seems his voice is minor compared to other Taliban officials’ views on girls’ education.

Last year, Abbas Stanikzai, in one of his emphatic speeches, stated: “I must explicitly say that education is obligatory for both men and women; there are hundreds of religious decrees in this regard, and no one can deny this obligation, nor is there any religious opposition to this issue.”

Umm Al-Banin, a 12-year-old girl who just completed the sixth grade, tells Khaama Press that she is attached to the school and feels bad that she can no longer attend classes.

She said: “The teacher entered the class and thanked us for our persistent efforts in our studies. I did not know that the day of despair had come, and the teacher continued to say that your educational journey ends here and from tomorrow none of you are allowed to enter the school.”

Meanwhile, Salim Paigeer, head of the Committed Thought Party of Afghanistan, in an interview with Khaama Press, describes the continued ban on girls’ education as an irreparable disaster.

Roza Otunbayeva, the special envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Afghanistan, expressed concern last week at the UN Security Council meeting, stating that every day that passes in Afghanistan, a generation of girls is left behind.

Although officials of the Taliban regime cite the need to prepare appropriate conditions as the reason for the ban on girls’ education, more than two years have passed, and it seems they have little interest left for reopening schools and universities for girls.

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