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Over 20 girls graduate from Taliban religious school in Badakhshan

At least 22 girls recently graduated from a madrassa in the northeastern Badakhshan province while the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education beyond sixth grade remains intact.

Fayez ur-Rahman Wafaye, head of the Khadija Kubra ul-Banat madrassa, said that among the girls graduating from a madrassa in Tishkan district, 16 studied until Alemya level and the six others until Hafizya level.

Several Taliban officials attended the graduation ceremony, he added.

Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the group has established a large number of madrassas across the country. The surge in madrassas has raised concerns that these religious seminaries are becoming the breeding grounds for extremism. Girls remain particularly at risk as they are barred from secondary school.

Recently, the Taliban Supreme Leader, Hibatullah Akhunzada, approved 100,000 additional positions for madrassas across the country and urged people to enroll their children.