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Ministry hails Taliban stance on education

Ministry hails Taliban stance on education

Mar 29, 2011 - 20:04

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Educationinfo-icon on Tuesday welcomed an announcement by Talibaninfo-icon fighters that they were not involved in burning schools and threatening students in the country.

"It is encouraging that the Taliban say they don’t burn schools. It will enable the education ministry to achieve its targets set for the new year," the ministry said in a statement.

The education ministry hoped the Taliban would stand firm on their announcement to enable the ministry provide education to children in areas where they had been deprived of their basic right. However, the statement did not say when the Taliban made the announcement.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said they had many times announced that the fighters had nothing to do with destroying schools.

The education ministry said access to education was the Islamic right of each child and no one could deprive them of this fundamental right. 

"No one from the warring parties should create problems for the education sector, which is the greatest source of the country's development," the ministry said, adding the announcement from the Taliban would help pave the way for reopening of all closed schools.

About 400 schools have been closed in many insecure provinces due to security concerns, the education ministry spokesman, Abdul Saboor Ghurfani, said.



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