Nader Mousavi, a sociologist at Tehran University, told DW that the mandate was very effective, and enabled three-quarters of illegal Afghan children in Iran to attend school.
Mousavi, who himself is an Afghan national, has been the manager of a local school for Afghan children in Tehran for 19 years. He said that directly after the mandate, 200 of 300 students at the school could find their way into Iranian public schools.
Local authority schools are non-governmental and run by Afghans for Afghans.
The schools were not recognized by Iranian officials until a year ago and they were usually attended by illegal Afghan migrants.
Graduates from these schools were given a certificate from the Afghan consulates or embassy.