Facing international and domestic pressure over the closure of girls' schools above the sixth grade, Ministry of Education officials now say that issues with the girls' educational curriculum are the cause for the delay in reopening girls' schools.
The deputy minister said that the decision to close girls' schools isn't just related to the Ministry of Education, it's also linked to the Islamic Emirate's policy of opening girls' schools in accordance with Islamic principles.
“In the light of Quran and Sunnah the schools will be reopened. They should give the Islamic Emirate time, they will reopen,” said Saeed Ahmad Shahidkhail, the deputy of the ministry.
He added that they intend to include the studies of ethics, belief, family life, child raising, and husbandry in the curricula for girls, and that one day the schools will reopen for female students free from outside pressure and within the framework of Islamic Sharia.
However, some university professors do not consider the delay in reopening girls' schools to be in the benefit of the current government.
"It is not in the government's best interest to deprive a generation of education. We ask the Islamic Emirate to reopen the schools,” said Fardin Ayar, a university lecturer.
“Depriving girls of education has negative consequences in society,” Muhsina, a school teacher, told TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, officials of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission announced at a press conference that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education to simplify work processes and will work on areas to improve services to the public.
"We will work on any education department that ... takes a lot of time, consumes a lot of resources, and slows down work processes,” said Baryali Ahmadi, an official of the commission.
It has been almost a year since girls’ schools have remained closed, and it is not clear when they will reopen as no clear answer has been given by the officials of the current government.