Insurgents order girls high school closed in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): A girls high school has been closed by insurgents in central Logar province, education officials said on Tuesday.
Provincial education department spokesman Mohammad Shahpur Arab told Pajhwok Afghan News that insurgents had closed the girls high school in Pork area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital.
He said the armed rebels on Monday entered the school and threatened teachers and students with elimination and warned them against coming to the school.
“Earlier the Taliban had said the man principal of the school should be replaced with a woman, but the arrangement delayed, which provoked the insurgents to close the school.”
Arab said the education department had decided to hire a female principal for the high school as soon as possible.
He said efforts at reopening of the school had been launched with the help of tribal elders.
A resident of Porak area, Gul Habib, said his three daughters were studying at the school. “My daughters told me that yesterday Taliban visited their school and told all teachers and students to not come to the school.”
Habib said residents of the area fearing Taliban’s wrath did not send their daughters to the school on Tuesday.
Other local officials showed unawareness about the high school’s closure.
This is the first time this year that the Taliban have closed a school in Logar, where the rebels ordered shut 25 schools in Pul-i-Alam, Baraki Barak and Charkh districts last year.
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