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Taliban chief says using all resources to finance educational institutions

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KANDAHAR: Sheikh al-Hadith leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Amirul Momineen Haibatullah Akhundzad
met with Mawlavi Noorullah Munir, Acting Minister of Education and Mawlavi Sakhaullah Saeed, deputy minister of education in southern Kandahar province.
In the meeting, Acting Minister of Education shared the suggestions and problems of the ministry with Amirul Momineen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and in some issues asked him guidance.
Meanwhile, Amirul Momineen of the Islamic Emirate praised the efforts of the Ministry of Education and added that the leadership of the Islamic Emirate is using all facilities in the field of financing religious Madrasas, modern schools and other educational centres in the country.

Earlier, Taliban said all Girls’ schools across Afghanistan will hopefully reopen by late March, a senior Taliban leader has told the Associated Press, offering the first timeline for the resumption of high schools for girls since the group retook power in mid-August.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for Afghanistan’s government and deputy minister of culture and information, said the group’s education department would open classrooms for all girls and women in the Afghan New Year, which starts on March 21.

The international community, reluctant to formally recognise a Taliban-run administration, is wary that the group could impose harsh measures similar to its previous rule 20 years ago. At the time, women were banned from education, work and public life.

“We are not against education,” Mujahid stressed, speaking at the culture and information ministry in Kabul.

“In many provinces, the higher classes (girls’ school) are open, but in some places where it is closed, the reasons are economic crisis and the framework, which we need to work on in areas which are overcrowded. And for that we need to establish the new procedure,” he said.

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