The Ministry of Education prepares a new plan for students in grades 1 to 6

The Ministry of Education (MoE) said on Tuesday that boys and girls in grades 1 to 6 would continue their education separately and at different times based on a new plan.

Education ministry officials said a plan had been finalized for primary schools with children in grades 1-6 under the authority of the Islamic Emirate, and the plan would be handed over to the prime minister .

“The main points of the plan are: classes should be separated, classes should not be at the same time, female teachers are allowed to teach girls and male teachers are allowed to teach boys,” said Aziz Ahmad Reyan, the MoE spokesperson.

Based on the plan, student clothing should conform to Islamic laws and regulations. “Student clothing should be based on Afghan culture. The color is not important,” he added.

Meanwhile, a number of teachers and students have urged the Ministry of Education to make a decision on reopening schools for girls beyond sixth grade.

“Our previous clothes were completely Islamic clothes, we had a black dress and a white veil which was not against Islam,” said Shiba, a student.

“The education system in Afghanistan was an Islamic system. The boys and girls were not together; we girls were taught by female teachers,” said Khadija, a student.

According to some figures given, more than 3.5 million Afghan girls have been excluded from school throughout Afghanistan in the last six months.