To understand the root of educational injustice in Iran ruled by the Iranian regime, we need to look back at the regime’s educational policies after the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Shortly after the end of the war, when the regime faced a huge budget deficit, it decided to establish quasi-governmental, private and non-profit schools to compensate for its budget deficit by looting the Iranian people.
By separating educational institutions, the regime has created blatant discrimination between the wealthy, mostly children of regime officials, and those loyal to the regime, such as members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Basij forces, and ordinary children.
To support their malevolent ambitions, the regime has drastically cut the education budget and created educational and cultural poverty for most of the country’s children.
On August 14, the public daily Asr-e Iran wrote: “With the reduction in government revenue after the revolution and with the onset of the war, financial pressure has been directed to the largest public sector in the country, namely education and universities. ”
They added: “As a result, the budget for this department has been reduced, but the needs of the children of civil servants have been met by paying non-profit schools from the large administrative revenues, and day by day, by monetizing the public education, they have made it more unequal and class-based.
Another challenge that has added to this inequality is the so-called university entrance exam. Since the regime’s wealthy officials can buy their way, they have created unequal and corrupt competition between their children and the children of ordinary people. As a result, the ultimate losers are the children of ordinary Iranians who cannot afford to compete with the children of regime officials.
In addition to these inequalities created, it also created an atmosphere of depression and an increase in suicides among students.
On August 13, the official daily Arman referred to the so-called “examination mafia” and wrote: “For many years, the issue of the entrance examination mafia has become one of the challenges of the education system in the country, which swallows educational justice. This issue takes a serious turn when out of the first forty people selected in the country for the 2022 national entrance exam, only one student studied in a normal public school.
It is very clear where the others are coming from. Private schools were founded and designed for regime officials and its loyalists.
Not so long ago, a member of the regime’s Supreme Cultural Revolution Council announced that the financial turnover of entrance examination classes has reached more than 20 trillion rials per year, which are taken from the pockets of Iranian families. The shocking statistics that have been released from the entrance examination results show that the entrance examination belongs to non-profit organizations, special schools, etc.
This year’s national exam pass list showed talented schools had a 72.5% share, nonprofit special schools had a 22.5% share, and public schools for the talented had a 72.5% share. 2.5%. Meanwhile, the share of public schools in this year’s national entrance exam was only 2.5 percent.
What is more tragic is that even when students manage to enter university, they face many obstacles, which can only be removed with additional payments. Even the regime’s pundits have admitted that the country’s educational centers are no longer a place for science and learning, but a place for more revenue for the regime.
A sociologist said that some supervisors write theses for their students and charge the student for it. A student can easily do his thesis without any effort by paying a fee, and oddly enough, this practice is not even a secret.
In its August 14 publication, the public daily Ebtekar wrote: “From the moment a student enters university, there is the possibility of cheating, from assignments in the form of research and translation to the dissertation.”
They said, “Everything can be obtained by paying money. A medical student can complete the internship and shifts by hiring another student or a physician. Universities give privileges to elite students, any student can have books, inventions and certificates in their name by paying money and be recognized as elite and enjoy the privileges.
Unfortunately, the fate of millions of children and young people in Iran is in the hands of a handful of criminals, oppressors and looters who are destroying the nation’s most precious resource, academic and intellectual capital.