The Ministry of Education in a statement called for the observation of Hijab by female teachers and the prohibition of neckties among male students and teachers.
However, an official at the MoE told TOLOnews that this was just at the level of instruction and not compulsory.
“The statement which was issued by the Kabul department of education regarding the Hijab and usage of ties, it was just aimed as instruction,” said Ihsanullah Khitab, head of the Kabul department of education.
The (MoE) also denied that there has been a change in the curriculum, but said it expects some possible changes in the curriculum next year.
“As it is a normal routine in the world also, there may be changes in the curriculum for the next year,” said Aziz Ahmad Riyan, MoE spokesman.
Kabul residents shared their views:
“The tie shows discipline for the school students,” said a resident.
“The new decision of the Ministry of Education to impose new restrictions on the appearance of teachers and students is not a logical decision,” said Hekmatullah Mirzad, a university instructor.
Despite it being nearly one month from the start of the school year, female students above grade 6 have yet to be allowed to attend their schools.