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256-Day Passed; Girls’ Schools Yet to Be Reopened

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KABUL: At least 256 days have passed since the closing of schools for girls over grade 6, and although the Islamic Emirate says it has recently formed a committee of nine people to work on reopening the schools for girls, there have been no details provided yet about the progress of the committee.  
“The matter of reopening of the school is still being worked on. We are waiting to receive further details and we will share them with the media,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.  
The female student above grade expressed concerns over the closed schools.  
“It has been a year since our schools were closed. We call on the Islamic Emirate to reopen our schools,” said Sapna, a student.  
“We call on the Islamic Emirate to reopen our schools,” said Khatima, a student.  
This comes as the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan, in an interview with News 18 sad that the “in the area of education, classes were stopped or suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic and now 85-90% classes have been resumed. The boys have been getting their regular education and in the case of girls, they are getting education until sixth [grade].”  
The analysts said that the Islamic Emirate lacks a single view regarding the reopening of girls’ schools.  
“There is no single view on the reopening of girls’ school within the Islamic Emirate,” said Hekmatullah Mirzad, a university instructor.  
Over the past nine months, many gatherings of Afghan influential figures, including former President Hamid Karzai called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen schools for girl’s students beyond grade six.

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