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Clerics Consulting on Reopening Girls’ School

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Kabul: The head of the Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority, Ghulam Haidar Shuhamat, said that religious scholars are consulting over the decision on the reopening of schools for girls.

He made the remarks during a large educational meeting in Parwan, which was attended by around 300 members of the Islamic Emirate and government employees as well as clerics.

“The clerics from all over the country are deciding on schools, and we are sure that our clerics will find a good solution,” Shehamat said.

Shehamat said that getting an education is obligatory for every man and woman.

“The responsibility is on everyone, and it does not matter about women or men–when women study in a faculty, whether or not those faculties are useful for them is a separate issue,” Shehamat said.

“Those girls that were registered before with us, their inclusion is in place and not canceled–it is just pending,” said Sher Mohammad Haqqani, director of the Technical and Vocational Education department in Parwan.

It has been more than one year since schools for female students above grade six have been closed, and leaders of the Islamic Emirate have not made a decision about opening schools.

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