Taliban will only allow female teachers to teach girls in Afghanistan, reopen high schools for Edexlive
Afghanistan The Taliban-led government has announced that girls’ high schools, which have remained closed since the country’s takeover in August 2021, will reopen in March, according to media reports.
In Afghanistan, the new academic year starts from March, which also marks the first month of the solar new year, Khaama Press reported. In a statement on Sunday January 23, Education Ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmad Reyan said the Taliban are committed to reopening schools for girls and are working “seriously and tirelessly” in this regard. .
Reyan claimed that the reason girls were not allowed to take classes in high schools was because the Taliban were creating a safe system for girls. “The Taliban have no problem with girls’ education, that’s why we paid the salaries of female teachers. We will hire more female teachers for girls,” Khaama Press quoted the spokesperson as saying.
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The spokesperson added that they were working on capacity building for female teachers and wanted increase the number of such teachers so that only women teach girls. If female teachers were not available in some areas, only older male teachers would be allowed to educate female students, he added.
Girls have only been allowed to attend classes for up to six years since the Taliban took power on August 15 last year, drawing fierce criticism at home and abroad.
The spokesman’s remarks come after US special representative in Afghanistan Thomas West told BBC Pashto over the weekend that Washington and the international community intended to pay teachers’ salaries if the Taliban allowed the reopening of girls’ schools, TOLO News reported.
“It doesn’t matter if the international community and the United States pay teachers’ salaries, we as a government will open schools in the spring and this decision is not related to the demands of the United States and the international community” , said Reyan.