Human Rights Watch has warned that the Taliban is causing “irreversible damage” to Afghanistan’s education system by reintroducing corporal punishment, changing the curriculum and using unqualified teachers to replace women, most of whom are banned from schools.
According to HRW, because women cannot teach, a gap has been created which has been filled by unqualified men, resulting in a reduction in the range of subjects taught.
“The Taliban is irreversibly damaging the Afghan education system for both boys and girls. By damaging the country’s entire education system, it risks creating a lost generation that will miss out on quality education,” said Sahar Fetrat, who works on women’s rights at HRW.
HRW reported that corporal punishment in schools has increased since the Taliban came to power. Boys are beaten for having a mobile phone or for not following strict new rules about hairstyles or clothing, which must be traditionally Afghan.
HRW also said boys are under increasing pressure to work instead of school as Afghanistan grapples with drought, conflict and a crippling economic crisis. More than 28 million Afghans are in urgent need of aid, with 6 million people in an emergency state of food insecurity, one step away from famine.