Taliban force girls’ school to close in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have closed a girls’ school and banned females in areas around Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, from attending a teacher training centre, an official said on Thursday.
Mohammad Sadiq, the deputy provincial education director, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had ordered closed the Porak Girls’ High School on outskirts of the city.
“Local Taliban gunmen had threatened the school’s principal and the teaching staff to shut the school and stop teaching. Now the school is closed,” he said.
Established 14 years ago, currently 1500 students are enrolled at the school.
The Taliban have also banned women in villages on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, including Porak, Haroonkhel, Niazi and other nearby areas from going to a teacher training centre.
A resident of Porak area, Mohammad Habib, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Two days ago, the Taliban invited local elders and the principal of the girls’ school to our village mosque and told them that girls cannot attend school beyond class three and they too can go to school when their teachers are males.”
The resident said the school had been closed down since then and confirmed females had been banned from going to the teacher training centre.
He said the insurgents had warned local residents of “legal action” if they violated the orders.
One of the students, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that all girls stayed away from the school today (Thursday) to avoid Taliban’s wrath.
“The principal closed down the school after being invited to the village mosque and informed all teachers over the telephone to stay away from the school. “
However, the Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.
The same school had been torched twice by unknown gunmen during the past five years.
In the past two months, the insurgents had closed a dozen of girls’ schools in the Barak-i-Barak district.
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