Girls in Uruzgan turning to religious seminaries for education

TARINKOT (SW) – With the persistent closure of schools, girls in Uruzgan are increasingly turning to religious seminaries for education purposes.

For more than eight months, female students over the sixth grade have not been allowed to study at schools, but many female students in Uruzgan now go to religious schools for education.

These girls, who used to go to school, say that they want to access education using different paths. Homeira, one of the students, says that the religious school does not require special clothes and girls can be educated in any clothes.

“Many girls come to these seminaries. The number of girls who come here is increasing day by day. We wore special clothes at school, but we go to the seminaries with normal clothes.”

Female students in Uruzgan, who are currently not allowed to go to school, are asking the Islamic Emirate to allow them to go to school as soon as possible.

Rozia and Shayesta are two Malalai high school students in Uruzgan, but they have not been to school for more than eight months now.

They say they hoped to be allowed to go to school at the beginning of this solar year, but the recent decision of the Islamic Emirate has made them very sad. The female students are asking the Islamic Emirate to allow them to go to school in school uniform.

Shayesteh said: “Why are they so cruel to us that seminaries are open, but the schools closed?”

The Islamic Emirate’s decision to close girls’ high schools has also provoked widespread domestic and foreign reactions.

However, the Ministry of Education says it is working on a plan that, when completed, will open all girls’ schools.

Meanwhile, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, told a meeting in Khost province on Wednesday that the problems of closing girls’ schools would be resolved in the coming days and that a meeting of religious scholars would be held to reopen them.