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Taliban reverse decision to allow girls to attend secondary school in Afghanistan

By Benjamin Parkin

23 Mar 2022 · 2 min read

The Taliban have reversed a decision to allow teenage girls back to secondary school despite repeated assurances they could resume classes from Wednesday, sparking international condemnation and leaving desperate students stranded outside campuses.

Schools were scheduled to reopen in Afghanistan for the new academic year. Girls have been allowed to attend primary school and the Taliban had said students from Grade 7, or about age 13, would be allowed to resume classes for the first time since the militants seized power last August.

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