Afghanistan’s Taliban Education Minister Habibullah Agha on Wednesday urged teenage girls not to attend school. According to him, the circumstances do not allow that.
The minister made the remark during the inauguration of a religious school in the northeastern province of Panjshir, local channel TOLOnews reports.
Since the Taliban came to power in August 2021, they have introduced very strict rules and laws. One of these prohibits girls and women over the age of twelve from attending school. Just last month, the ministry closed some schools run by NGOs in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.
People who dare to challenge the decisions are arrested on false pretenses. Recently, education activist Matiullah Wesa was arrested for “suspicious” activities. Through a network of activists, Wesa advocated for girls’ education, especially in remote parts of the country.
Despite national and international pressure, the Taliban have not committed to reopening schools for girls. The Taliban are desperate for international recognition as no country in the world has recognized the Taliban government.
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