Kandahar: Taliban force girl students ‘old for their grade’ quit school

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KANDAHAR: Girl students in 5th and 6th grades in Kandahar province lament as they are pulled out from schools by the Taliban on the pretext that they are old for their classes.


Speaking to APW, they said they had been studying in the 5th and 6th grades of the schools, but now they weren’t allowed to come anymore.


A 14-year-old Saeeda, a fourth-grade student, said, “I was let go because the Taliban said I am older for my grade and that we don’t have any female teachers.”


“I was a student of the Malanik Mohammad School; I was taken out of school and was told by the Taliban that when a female instructor joins the school,  we will invite you to continue your education again,” Saeeda stated.


Since the Taliban takeover, schools have been closed for Afghan girls above the sixth grade. The Taliban made pledges to reopen them, but they were of no avail.