On the eve of the new education year, many families called on the caretaker government to reopen schools for female students in grade 7-12.
Since the Islamic Emirate swept into power, the schools for female students above grade six have remained closed.
The families that were interviewed by TOLOnews said that they are worried about the future of their daughters.
“I have four grandchildren who have been deprived of schools and are now at home. There should be a decision for them that they should go to school,” said Abdul Jalil, a resident of Kabul.
“I have two daughters. One of them is in grade 8 and another one is in grade 10. We are calling on the Islamic Emirate to allow them to go to their schools,” said Raziq, a resident of Kabul.
This comes as female students also expressed their distress at the closing of their schools.
“We call on the Islamic Emirate to reopen the doors of the schools for us so we can continue our education,” said Zainab, a student.
“We request the current government to reopen the doors of the schools for us in the coming year,” a student said.
Meanwhile, stationery sellers said that the closing of schools for female students affected their business.
“It has had an 80% impact on us. As good as the market was before, it is not anymore,” said Rafiullah, a stationary seller.
“The economic condition of the people is weak now. They would have bought a lot of things from us at this period in the previous years, we would be so busy we wouldn’t even find time to eat,” said Ishaq, a stationary seller.
US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West said on Twitter that he and and the US special envoy for Afghan women and human rights met education activist Malala Yousufzai and discussed “education in Afghanistan.”
“As we have said time and again, educating girls is the best thing a country can do to improve lives,” he said.
At the end of the 2022, the Islamic Emirate issued decrees barring females from going to universities and working at NGOs.
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