The Taliban is facing international condemnation after they announced that girls would not be allowed to attend secondary school, despite its previous assurances. The backtracking by the Taliban means female students above the sixth grade will not be able to attend school.
  The surprise announcement came late on the night of March 22nd. Many teachers and pupils found out the next morning on the first day of the school year in Afghanistan. After a six-month break in school caused by the turmoil in the country, some girls returned to schools, only to be told to go home.
  A Ministry of Education notice said that schools for girls would be closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with Islamic law and Afghan culture. The abrupt about-face revived worries that the Taliban might keep teenage girls away from education indefinitely.