Afghanistan’s state-run schools are experiencing a renaissance, with some reopening for the first time in nearly a decade. Acid attacks on girls, murdered teachers, bombings of classrooms - these are on the decline.

But the reason for these openings is not because Nato and Afghan forces are winning the war for security. Rather, it’s because the Afghan government, unable to bring security where needed, has begun to rely on secret agreements that give the Taliban greater say in the country’s education.

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