The Taliban have reversed a decision to allow Afghan girls to return to high schools, saying a ruling is still to be made on the uniforms they must wear,the BBC reported.
Schools were set to open nationwide after months of restrictions since the Taliban seized power in August.
But the education ministry abruptly announced girls’ secondary schools would stay shut, causing confusion.
Some girls were in tears as parents and students reacted with anger and disappointment to the last-minute move.
Many had earlier talked of how happy and excited they were to be back in the classroom.
The decision came a week after the education ministry announced 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 next order,” the notice said.
The notice added schools would reopen after a decision over the uniform of female students was made in accordance with “Sharia law and Afghan tradition”.