Taliban: Girls will return to high school soon

The Taliban say they will soon reopen high school education for girls in Afghanistan. But it is not certain whether the Islamist movement group can clear up international concerns over women's rights.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid revealed the policy at a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday. He said the group is working hard to provide the ground for the education of high school girls as soon as possible.

Boys have already returned to high schools in the country. But the Taliban were holding back on the policy on high school education for girls, drawing criticism from both in and out of the country. On Monday, female students staged a protest in the western city of Herat.

The Taliban on Tuesday expanded their interim Cabinet by naming 17 ministers and deputies. Mujahid said they included members of ethnic minorities, such as the Hazaras. But no women were on the list. He suggested that the Taliban are working to create some posts for women and will be able to announce them soon.