Education authorities in the Afghan capital, Kabul, have amended a decision banning schoolgirls over the age of 12 from singing in public and at ceremonial events, after widespread criticism.
The head of the Kabul Education Department told all schools across the country that male and female students could sing in public if their families allowed them.
He added that the previous instructions to prevent such participation were not conveyed properly and that it “created a kind of misunderstanding.”
Education Ministry spokeswoman Najiba Aryan said the memo, which went to all school districts in Kabul, was canceled, and insisted that its authors misunderstood its purpose.
The Associated Press reported that a new memo was sent at a later time, stipulating that music groups be banned for both girls and boys in high schools, and it added that the goal is not to prevent girls from singing but to prevent boys and girls from participating in public events that could spread the virus. Corona.
In a letter leaked to the media on Wednesday, the chief education officer in Kabul ordered schools not to allow schoolgirls over the age of 12 to sing at public events.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission said that the decision to prevent teenage girls from singing violates children’s rights and is unconstitutional.
The tag “IAmMySong” occupied the trend in Afghanistan, as several clips of girls singing in defiance of the decision spread on social networking sites.
On Wednesday Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education reportedly banned girls 12yo & up from singing in public.
People are now recording songs in solidarity with Afghan women’s right to expression #IAmMySong
– Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) March 11, 2021