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Taliban close 25 girls’ schools in Logar



Taliban close 25 girls’ schools in Logar

Oct 27, 2015 - 16:25

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants have closed 25 schools for girls in two districts of central Logar province, depriving thousands of children from educationinfo-icon, officials said on Tuesday.

The 25 schools, including eight high, seven middle and eight primary schools for girls were closed during the past five months in Baraki Barak and Charkh districts, Education Director Mohammad Akbari Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News.

As a result, up to 3,400 school girls have been deprived of education, he said, adding that the Taliban had also warned teachers of some religious seminaries against accepting salaries from the government.

“Taliban told seminaries’ teachers to fulfill their needs from charities and should not take salaries from the government otherwise they would close the religious schools,” he said.

The education director said he had several times tried through tribal elders to reopen the closed schools, but they could not reopen them.

“Eight girls in our family have been home since Taliban closed their school,” a resident of Kutobkhel area of Baraki Barak district, Abdul Basit, said.

Another resident of Charkh district, Syed Bilal, said the Taliban had shut several girl schools in the district, but the government was yet to reopen them. “It is not enmity with the government, but in fact it is enmity with the nation,” he said.

However, the provincial government spokesman, Saleem Saleh said that the Taliban had only banned girls from studying higher than 4th grade and that they were trying to reopen the schools.

By closing schools, the Taliban showed their enmity with the nation, remarked the provincial council chief, Haseebullah Stanikzai.

He said they had also launched efforts to reopen the schools and enable the girls to resume studies.

There are a total 304 schools and religious seminaries in Logar, imparting education to nearly 140,000 students including 50,000 girls.


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