The Ministry of Education on Saturday retreated from its decision to ban public singing by schoolgirls above 12 years of age at public and private schools across the country.
The move was first announced by the ministry on March 10. In a statement, the ministry announced to ban girls 12 years old and up from singing the national anthem or other group songs in mixed company.
The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that a recent letter by the head of the education directorate of Kabul “does not reflect the official stance and policy of the Ministry of Education.”
But the statement added that the issue is under review and that it will act against it if needed.
The statement also said that the leadership of the ministry is committed to supporting the rights of all students, including girls and boys, to participate in cultural, arts and sports events.
The decision by the Ministry of Education to ban schoolgirls from public singing sparked reactions from activists and social media users who shared their clips, singing songs from the early 1990s and beyond to criticize the move.