Kabul: Afghan girls face an uncertain future after the Taliban takeover. People are deeply concerned about whether the Taliban will allow girls and young women to return to secondary schools.
Binazir Haqjo, a student in eleventh grade, hopes the government will allow girls to continue education, reported Tolo News.
Binazir Haqjo said, "I have not left my home since the government changed. I think all our efforts in the field of learning are being wasted. We had gone to school despite economic and security challenges. Now, we are wasting all this."
Samira, a student, said, " I want to study and I wish to become a judge. If the Taliban keep closing my school, how can I become a judge?"
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Culture said the caretaker government, in cooperation with some religious scholars, is working on a plan to open schools for girls, reported Tolo News.
"The plan will not take a long time, it will be finalised soon. Twenty years ago was different from now. We had economic problems. The country was destroyed and we needed to rebuild it," said Zabihullah Mujahid, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information.
At the same time, a number of schoolteachers fear that the Taliban's plan may take years, and girls will remain out of school in the meantime, reported Tolo News.
"In fact, they (Taliban) don't want women to study and become literate. They want to take Afghanistan twenty years back," said Shamsia, a teacher.
"The ideas have not changed. As a woman, I don't believe in their promises. They promised this and never did it during the first reign, said Suhaila Sadat, a women's rights activist.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said that closing Afghan girls' schools violates the fundamental right to education.
Both UNESCO and UNICEF said that Afghanistan has made significant gains in education, especially in girls' education, and they should be preserved, reported Tolo News.