The head of the religious scholars of the Islamic Emirate, Faqirullah Faiq, said that the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, is not against reopening schools for female students above grade six.
Faiq said that the only reason for delaying the reopening of the schools is the need to segregate the classes of male and female students.
Two weeks after a large gathering of Islamic clerics was held in Kabul, Faiq in an interview with VOA said that the schools for female students will be reopened soon.
"All our ministers and leaders agree and the schools for female students will be reopened soon. The only reason for not reopening the schools is that the classes should be separated," he said.
Meanwhile, former President Hamid Karzai in a meeting with the UN deputy special envoy, Marcus Potzel, stressed the importance of reopening girls' schools above grade six and also called for the start of a national dialogue to pave the way for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
"The girls' being kept from schools will affect the political, economic and social processes of the government, " said Shahla Arefi, a women’s rights activist.
The Islamic Emirate earlier called the economy, the need for security and the lack of a proper environment the reasons behind the closure of schools for female students in grade 7-12.
"It has been a year that we are living in an uncertain future. How long should we wait? Why has education been taken from us?" said Monisa Mubariz, a women’s rights activist.
Earlier, Sheikh Faiq expressed criticism over the closure of girls' schools and urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen schools for female students above grade six within an Islamic structure.
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