Taliban spokesman Inamullah Samangani on Wednesday confirmed the group has ordered the closure of all girls secondary schools in Afghanistan to shut down, just hours after they reopened, sparking confusion over the policy reversal by the hardline Islamist group.
Some girls returned to school in the Afghan capital on Wednesday after Taliban authorities announced the reopening of secondary schools seven months after seizing power and imposing harsh restrictions on the rights of women to be educated.
Tight Policy on Female Gender
Immediately after the group ousted the US-backed government in August 2021, it excluded girls from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan.
The Taliban, however, had promised a softer brand of rule than their repressive reign in the 1990s, when women were mostly banned from education and work