Taliban cancels girls' higher education despite pledges

Posted at 6:33 AM, Mar 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 06:33:32-04

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a surprise decision the hardline leadership of Afghanistan’s new rulers has decided against opening educational institutions to girls beyond Grade six, a Taliban official said Wednesday on the first day of Afghanistan’s new school year.

The latest setback for girls’ education is certain to receive widespread condemnation from the international community that has been urging the Taliban leaders to open schools and give women their right to public space.

The unexpected decision came late on Tuesday as Afghanistan’s education ministry prepared for the new year opening of school, which was expected to herald the return of girls to school.

A statement by the ministry earlier in the week urged “all students” to come to school.