On Jan 14th, BBC News reported that the Afghan Taliban may be ending its ban on educating girls. According to BBC news the country’s education minister Farooq Wardak stated that the Taliban were loosening their restrictions on educating women.
Foreign politicians remain skeptical about the reality of this and note that many schools in Afghanistan continue to remain closed and find it unlikely that this will change any time soon.
Apparently local pressure in Afghanistan has forced the Taliban to reconsider this recent stance against educating girls. [In the 1990s this was not the case - at least publicly, according to Dawood Azami, BBC World Service editor in Kabul]
Read this article in detail on BBC News: BBC News – Afghan Taliban ‘end’ opposition to educating girls.