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Taliban backtrack on resuming high schools for girls

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The Taliban have switched a choice to permit Afghan girls to get back to high schools, saying a decision is still to be made on the uniforms they should wear.

Schools were set to open nationwide following quite a while of limitations since the Taliban held onto power in August.

But the education ministry abruptly reported girls' secondary schools would stay shut, creating turmoil.

Some girls were in tears as parents and students reacted with outrage and frustration to the last-minute move.

Many had before discussed how blissful and excited they were to be back in the classroom.

The decision came a week after the education ministry declared schools for all students, including girls, would open around the country on Wednesday.

"We inform all girls' high schools and those schools that [have] female students above class six that they are off until the following request," the notice said.

The notice added schools would reopen after a decision over the uniform of female students was made as per "Sharia law and Afghan tradition".

The abrupt inversion has started profound displeasure anger from guardians of female students.
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