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In a statement that issued ahead of Afghan schools reopening, the Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools , only male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions
Secondary schools are usually for students aged between 13 and 18. Most schools are also segregated, which would make it easy for the Taliban to close down schools for girls.
Earlier this week, the Taliban announced that women would be allowed to study at universities, but they would not be able to do so alongside men and would face a new dress code, adding that the rights of women in Afghanistan would be respected “within the framework of Islamic law”
In another development, on Friday the Taliban appeared to have shut down the women’s affairs ministry and replaced it with a department that once enforced strict religious doctrines.
During their rule between 1996 and 2001, the Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice was responsible for deploying so-called morality police on to the streets to enforce the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic religious law, known as Sharia.
Some suggested the new rules would exclude women from education because the universities do not have the resources to provide separate classes.
Barring girls from secondary schools will also mean none will be able to go on to further education.
The number of girls in primary schools increased from almost zero to 2.5 million, while the female literacy rate nearly doubled in a decade to 30%. However, many of the gains have been made in cities.