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Afghanistan turmoil

Taliban drafting education-for-all plan, minister says as girls wait

Official in charge of schooling says authorities 'need time' to maintain unity

The Taliban's decision to keep girls out of school -- made the night before they were due to return on March 23 -- has drawn widespread international condemnation.   © Reuters

KABUL -- The Taliban's education minister says the country is formulating a new policy that would give equal educational opportunities to everyone, after authorities recently reneged on a plan to allow girls to return to school.

"We understand the benefits of education and the doors it opens for growth and development. We are not against it and we know that it is the right of men and women," Acting Education Minister Sheikh Mawlawi Noorullah Moneer told Nikkei Asia in an interview. "It is also our responsibility to provide them the platform to exercise that right as a human."

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