The Taliban government has pledged that it will restart education for girls and women in Afghanistan by late March, the government’s chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in an interview on Sunday.
In what has been seen as the first-ever timeline for addressing a key demand of the international community, the Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers say they hope to be able to open all schools for girls across the country after late March.
Since the Taliban takeover in mid-August of 2021, girls in most of Afghanistan have not been allowed back to school beyond grade 7.
In the interview, Mujahid, who is also the Taliban’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Information, said their “education departments are looking to open classrooms for all girls and women following the Afghan New Year, which starts on March 21.”
“Education for girls and women is a question of capacity,” Mujahid said in the interview.
He, however, insisted that girls and boys must be completely segregated in schools, adding that the biggest obstacle so far has been “finding or building enough dorms, or hostels, where girls could stay while going to school. The truth is that we do not hate education, especially education for girls and women.”
“In heavily populated areas, it is not enough to have separate classrooms for boys and girls — separate school buildings are needed,” he said.
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