Taliban Bans Girls From Attending School Beyond Class 3 In Afghanistan
The Taliban, the group that now controls certain parts of Afghanistan, has introduced new restrictions on girls’ education.
They have banned girls older than 10 from attending elementary school classes in specific areas of the country.
The Taliban‘s Ministry of Education has informed school principals in the Ghazni region that girls above the age of 10 are not allowed to study in elementary schools.
Last year, the Taliban had already restricted girls from receiving education beyond the sixth grade. Now, they have extended this ban further, prohibiting girls from attending school beyond the third grade.
In some regions, local authorities are segregating girls based on their age and instructing school principals to send back students who are above the third grade.
This move has caused concern, as education is seen as crucial for a country’s development. Sher Mohammad Abad Stanekzai, a political deputy of the foreign ministry, highlighted that Afghanistan cannot progress without education.
He emphasized that education is vital for the country’s growth and called on the education ministries to prioritize providing necessary facilities for education.
The Taliban’s tightening restrictions on women’s and girls’ education have sparked protests in the past.
Last year, when the group banned women and girls from attending universities and colleges, there were demonstrations near Kabul University and other colleges.
Despite these challenges, some international aid organizations have continued to offer literacy classes to Afghan girls.
The recent laws made by the Talibani government have raised concerns about the future of education for girls in Afghanistan and its impact on the country’s development. Girls and women are also forbidden from basic activities like roaming alone, beauty parlors, driving and so on.
The restrictions go against human rights as well as the basic rights of education for the citizens of any nation, education for all, regardless of gender.
However the United Nations, Human Rights Council, and other human rights watchdogs are still helpless and couldn’t take any step against the Talibani government.