24 girls’ schools reopen in Logar after 5 months
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Twenty-four girls’ schools, which had been closed by Taliban militants, were reopened in central Logar province, an official said on Wednesday.
Education Department spokesman Mohammad Shapoor Arab told Pajhwok Afghan News the schools were reopened as a result of joint efforts by tribal elders, religious scholars and the government.
He said militants had closed 16 schools in Baraki Barak district, seven in Sarkh district and one in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, over the past few months.
“All these schools have been reopened and students can attend classes and continue their education,” he added.
Arab said more than 3,000 students attended the reopened schools including primary, middle and high.
Governor’s spokesman Salim Saleh also confirmed the schools’ reopening.
“The governor has ordered the education department to appoint female principles in all these schools,” he added.
Ezzatullah, a resident of Baraki Rajan area of Baraki Barak district, said his three daughters had been out of school for five months due to the closure of their school by militants. But he said all the schools had been reopened.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had previously said that militants did not close any school in Baraki Barak district of Logar.
“We are only against girls attending middle schools with boys. Girl students should be studying in middle schools separated from boys based on Islamic Sharia,” Mujahid had said.
There are a total of 266 schools in Logar where 150,000 students including 50,000 girls are enrolled.
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