Reopening of schools for all girls is ‘certain,’ says Taliban spokesman

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Addressing a religious event in Turkey on Saturday, Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the reopening of schools for all girls in Afghanistan is “certain,” according to state broadcaster RTA.

“Secondary schools for girls will definitely be opened and we are trying to adjust curriculum, provide transportation and create a separate education system for them,” said Mujahid.

The remarks by the Taliban spokesman come as secondary schools are closed for girls in Afghanistan over the past 14 months.

Figures by the UN show that at least 1.1 million girls are deprived of schooling after the Taliban ban on girls’ schools.

The closure of girls’ schools has been criticized at national and international levels, but the Taliban has said it will introduce a new mechanism for reopening schools for girls.

This comes as the Taliban has imposed restrictions on women and girls’ social life, including separation of classes for male and female students in universities, use of hijab, and allocation of particular places for women in recreation areas in Kabul and other parts of the country.