Thousands attend unregistered madrassas where the government has no control.
Maryam, 15, regularly attends a school, but not one that is recognised by the Afghan government.
“I study in a girls’ madrassa [religious school],” the Khost teenager told IWPR. “My father said I should study in a madrassa because the [state] school is not a good place. You forget your traditions there and your religious observance is harmed.”