Education Denied: Special School for Afghan Students in India Shuts Down

The special school for Afghan students with 300 students in mixed-gender classes, which operated in Delhi with the support of the previous Afghan government, is set to close down.

According to the Indian Express newspaper on Friday, April 14, this school, known as Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan School, which taught students from grades one to twelve in Persian and Pashto for almost three decades, is being shut down due to its credentials not being recognized by the Taliban’s Ministry of Education.

The newspaper reported that according to an official from the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the transfer of these students to Indian schools is in their best interest.

Meanwhile, the Afghan embassy in Delhi confirmed this issue to Indian Express, adding that the embassy is working to find a job for the school’s teacher after its closure at the end of March 2023.

This school started as an educational center for Afghan immigrant children in India in 1994, and in 2008 it became an elementary school and was promoted to high school in 2017.

The previous Afghan government had funded this school, while the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been supporting it financially after the Taliban takeover.

It is noteworthy that the closure of this school comes at a time when, with the Taliban’s dominance in Afghanistan, the gates of schools are closed to girls above the sixth grade.