Kabul: The Taliban government in Afghanistan decided to shut down the school for girls in the country, on a day the institutes were scheduled to reopen, creating confusion, media reports said.
The Taliban government said a decision is still to be made on the uniforms they must wear.
“We inform all girls’ high schools and those schools that [have] female students above class six that they are off until the next order,” the notice said as quoted by BBC.
Afghanistan was set to reopen schools from Wednesday after months of remaining shut since the Taliban came to power in the war-hit country on August 15.
Some girls were in tears as parents and students reacted with anger and disappointment to the last-minute move, BBC reported.
A man who did not want to be identified told the BBC his daughter had been in shock and in tears since being refused entry by Taliban officials into the school this morning.
“If anything happens to my daughter, I will not forgive the Taliban,” he said.
A Ministry of Education notice said on Wednesday that schools for girls would be closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with Islamic law and Afghan culture, according to Bakhtar News Agency, a government news agency.
Recently, Afghanistan’s former finance minister Khalid Payenda was in the news for becoming a Uber driver in Washington to support his family. According to The Washington Post, Khalid Payenda had resigned as finance minister a week before the Taliban seized Kabul, when then-President Ashraf Ghani lashed out at him in a public meeting and then privately upbraided him over the ministry’s failure to make a relatively small payment to a Lebanese company.
Since reaching Washington, the 40-year-old has been feeing “trapped between his old life and dreams for Afghanistan and a new life in the United States that he had never really wanted”.
India Blooms News Service