Taliban Quietly Allows Some Girls to Return to Provincial Schools

Taliban Quietly Allows Some Girls to Return to Provincial Schools


The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday reported the Taliban has quietly permitted teenage girls to return to school in four of Afghanistan’s northern provinces, ostensibly because Taliban 2.0 is willing to “shape policy around cultural differences across Afghanistan, unlike in the 1990s, when they imposed harsh social rules on everyone under their rule.”

Across most of Afghanistan, the Taliban has reopened secondary schools for boys only, effectively barring girls from attending anything above the sixth grade. According to the WSJ’s sources – which included teachers, students, and an uncharacteristically subdued Taliban spokesman – teenage girls were allowed to go back to school in the provinces of Balkh, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, and Jawzjan, territory that includes the large cities of Mazar-e-Sharif and Kunduz.

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