KABUL: The ban on girls access to school above grade six is still facing widespread reaction from various countries and organizations.
The UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called the ban on girls’ access to education “shocking” and said Afghanistan is the only country where girls are being denied access to education.
The EU, Human Rights Watch as well as Ireland mission to the UN also voiced concerns over the Islamic Emirate’s recent decision to prevent girls in grade 7-12 from going to school.
“But this is not sufficient. Women must be equal partners in shaping a new Afghan reality. The Taliban must reverse their decision to deny education to girls,” said Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Based on available numbers, the female students above grade six have not participated in their classes for more than 200 days.
Human Rights Watch called on the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to urge the Islamic Emirate to reopen schools for girls above grade six.
The Islamic Emirate late march doesn’t allow girls in grade 7-12 to attend their classes.