Foreign Ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, and High Representative of the European Union in a joint statement condemned the decision of the Taliban over not reopening secondary and high schools for Afghan girls.
In the statement, the countries said, they were united in condemnation of the announcement of a ban on teenage girls’ schools saying the declaration contradicts the Taliban’s pledges to the Afghan public and the International Community.
“The decision came after months of work by the international community to support teacher stipends based on an expectation that schools would be open for all, with the higher interest of Afghan students and teachers in mind. And sadly, it came as eager Afghan girls were walking to their schools for the first time in seven months.” Reads the statement.
The countries have called on the Taliban to reverse their decision lest it will have consequences on the prospects for social cohesion and economic growth of Afghanistan.
Further, the decision will have an inevitable impact on the Taliban’s demand for gaining political support inside and out of the country.
The Ministry of Education of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 23 announced that girls only up to grade 6th are allowed to attend classes while the others have to wait until further notice.