Girls’ long wait for return to the schools continue

KABUL (SW) – A number of female students in the southern provinces say they continue to anxiously wait for return to the schools for nearly one and a half years when the Islamic Emirate ordered the closure.

In conversation with Salam Watandar, they added that the continued closure of schools has had a negative effect on their morale and has made them face psychological problems.

Elham, a 10th grade student in Nimroz, said she was worried about not being able to go to school like her brothers. “It’s really hard for me. If we were allowed to go to school, I would be in the twelfth grade now and preparing for the entrance exam. I missed two years of study and then every girl you ask has mental problems.”

Banafsha, who is an 11th grade student in Kandahar, said that the closure of schools has caused girls to lose hope for the future. “From the sixth grade to the twelfth grade, they are all at home, they have lost their hopes and have suffered from mental problems. We want to study, as soon as the school gates are reopened.”

Fatema, who is a student of one of the schools in Farah, said that she wished to become a doctor in the future and serve her people, but now she sees this dream as unattainable. She wants the Islamic Emirate to reopen girls’ schools above the sixth grade. “Our wish is to allow girls to study alongside the boys, so that they can achieve their goals and be proud of their society… if these women and girls do not study, what would happen to the future generations that are born in such a society.”

However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said in his latest statement that the decision to reopen girls’ schools depends on the leadership of the Islamic Emirate. He added: “There are Shariah considerations, the solution of which depends on our leadership, a committee of scholars is working on it.”

It should be mentioned that the academic year in the cold provinces begins in March But the educational year in warme provinces such as Helmand, Farah, Nimroz, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Khost, Paktia, Paktika and Laghman starts earlier.