Sunday, December 5, 2021


yes punjab punjabi redirection

Lokan Da Channi

Channi 8

Bijli Bill


Sada CM


Mera Ghar

Kisan Karza

ECI Voter Form

ECI Voter Helpline

ECI Voter

Markfed Sept to Nov

Innokids Green

Taliban intimidation causing school attendance rates to remain low

- Advertisement -

New Delhi, Oct 15, 2021- Girls in Afghanistan must be allowed to return to secondary school and continue their education, Amnesty International said on Friday as it published new testimonies from pupils and teachers documenting Taliban threats and violence.

Witnesses told Amnesty International that the Taliban used four schools for military purposes during fighting prior to their takeover of the country: Tughani High School and Khetib Zada High School in Sar-e-Pul; Zakhail-e-Khondon High School in Kunduz; and Alishing High School in Laghman province.

Such use of schools places them at risk of attack, and is likely to make it extremely difficult to deliver an adequate education.

While male students nationwide were allowed to return to secondary school on September 17, the Taliban insisted that a “safe learning environment” was required before girls could return.

However, in more than 20 new interviews, students, teachers and school administrators told Amnesty that intimidation and harassment by the Taliban are causing school attendance rates to remain low at all levels, particularly for girls.

“At present, girls in Afghanistan are effectively barred from returning to secondary school. Across the country, the rights and aspirations of an entire generation of girls are dismissed and crushed,” said Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“The right to education is a fundamental human right, which the Taliban – as the de facto authorities running the country – are duty-bound to uphold. The policies currently pursued by the Taliban are discriminatory, unjust and violate international law.

“The Taliban should immediately re-open all secondary schools to girls, put a stop to all harassment, threats and attacks against teachers and students, and cease any military use of schools in Afghanistan.”

To date, while some secondary schools have allowed girls to return, including in Kabul city and in provinces such as Kunduz, Balkh and Sar-e Pul, the vast majority of secondary schools across Afghanistan remain closed for girls.

Several female secondary school students said they had lost their motivation to study because the Taliban seem likely to allow them to work only in a few, specific fields, such as education or healthcare.

Teachers, students and activists across Afghanistan told Amnesty International that primary school attendance rates have dropped significantly in many areas, particularly for girls.

Many families remain fearful of the Taliban, and are too nervous to send their children to school, particularly girls.

The severe economic situation has forced many families to take their children out of school and send them to work.

Millions of Afghans have been internally displaced during and following the Taliban’s takeover of the country, and many displaced children are not attending school.

Interviewees also said there are widespread absences among teachers, largely due to the Taliban’s failure to pay their salaries. This has led many primary schools either to run at reduced capacity, or to close entirely.

At the tertiary level, students reported that while some universities have re-opened, attendance rates have dropped, particularly for young women. (Agency)

Subscribe to YesPunjab Telegram Channel & receive important news updates

- Advertisement -

Yes Punjab - TOP STORIES

Punjab News

Sikh News

Transfers, Postings, Promotions

- Advertisement -spot_img

Stay Connected






China Flag

Globally active China – by Asad Mirza

The aggressive and planned manner in which Chinese companies have forayed globally, poses a risk not just to the economic interests but also the...
Taliban Fighters

The ‘Good’, the ‘Bad’ and the ‘Deobandi’ Taliban – by Asad Mirza

While an effort to classify the Taliban into good and bad is rather easy, the underlying reasons to classify them as Deobandi becomes a...
Interest Rates

When you (and everyone else) expect interest rates to rise – by Suyash Choudhary

The last few weeks have been notable from a global rates environment standpoint, particularly in developed markets. Markets across many such geographies have brought...


Health & Fitness

Heart Disease

Elevated heart rate may up dementia risk among older

London, Dec 4, 2021- Having an elevated resting heart rate in old age may be an independent risk factor of dementia, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, showed that individuals with a resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute or higher on average had a 55 per cent higher risk of dementia...

Gadgets & Tech