Over 80 primary school girls poisoned in Afghanistan

Information reaching Education Blog from Afghanistan is that over 80 school girls have been poisoned in the Sar-e-Pul province.

Information reaching Education Blog from Afghanistan is that over 80 school girls have been poisoned in the Sar-e-Pul province. The affected school girls are currently hospitalized while investigations have been started to unravel the mystery behind the sudden sad news that rocked Afghanistan some hours ago.

In the early hours of Sunday, a local school education official confirmed the sad story.

Over 80 primary school girls poisoned in Afghanistan

The poisoning in Afghan is the most recent mass attempt of assault on women and girls after the Taliban initiated action to crackdown on the rights and freedoms of Afghan women and girls.

In Afghanistan, girls are only required to attend school up to grade 6. They are by law not to access secondary and tertiary education nor get a job in some sectors and positions in the country.

In providing further details about the reasons behind the poisoning, the education official revealed that, the suspected individual who orchestrated the act already had a personal grudge, but he did not elaborate the reasons.

In all, 60 girls were poisoned in Naswan-e-Kabod Aab School while another 17 girls sadly suffered the same fate in Naswan-e-Faizabad School as reported by Mohammad Rahmani, provincial education department leader.

Mohammad Rahmani added that, the two primary schools which were located within the same catchment area were the target of the orchestrators of the act.

“Both primary schools are near to each other and were targeted one after the other,”… “We shifted the students to hospital, and now they are all fine.” He stated while granting an interview to The Associated Press.

He, however, did not provide additional information on the mode of poisoning nor the injuries’ recorded so far. At the time of publishing this news, the ages of the affected learners were also not available, but the students affected are learners in grade 1 to 6

Iran is also known for such poisonings, which often target girls’ schools. The approach has been recorded to have started around November 2021 when thousands of students fell sick through noxious fumes. The identity of those involved has remained unknown till date and the chemicals if any used have also not been made public.

Girl child education has been unidentified as an important linchpin in expanding access to education, empowering women and helping them to acquire education to aid development in many nations.

READ: Importance of examinations in the lives of students

However, in Afghanistan, Iran and other parts of the world, this remains a mirage as laws frown on females accessing education after grade six.


Source: Education Blog

Over 80 primary school girls poisoned in Afghanistan

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