Iran’s educational system has become synonymous with social inequalities
One of the most impoverished regions of the nation is Zahedan. In contrast to the girls, who typically work at tailor shops or provide water from pits for a minimum wage because most settlements lack piped water, the boys are required to work as porters at the Pakistani border after school.
“Most of the children from poor families go to the border and do whatever things they can do or work as porters,” wrote Mohammad Riggi, a school director, in an article published on January 23. “Female students who have completed sixth grade are unable to continue their education because there is no secondary education offered in this area.”
Even the officials of the regime are compelled to express regret for what they have done to the future of the nation in light of the dire situation that has resulted from this choice.
“The deputy of elementary education of the Ministry of Education says, I wish we never started the path towards non-governmental education, but now by separating students in different schools, we have implemented the “Sassanian class system” in a different way,” the state-run news agency Tasnim reported on December 10, 2019.
The children now face severe discrimination as a result of this. “In feudalism systems, we witnessed class divisions,” Tasnim continued, “But when children went to school, the style of education had a clear message, that they are all equal.”
Separation based on intelligence poses a greater threat to society than class division. Although children can understand that they were born into low-income families, their self-confidence is destroyed when they are divided in terms of intelligence.
“It is unfortunate that we have done this with 85% of the country’s student population attending public schools, and we only pay attention to 15% of the population with intelligence and family financial capabilities,” the state-run daily ICNA quoted an educational expert as saying on August 23, 2021.
Statistics from the 2022 university entrance exam show this catastrophe. Below is a breakdown of the top 40 ranked schools’ percentages:
The so-called “Sampad” schools account for 72.5 percent of the top rankings, while Sistan and Baluchistan schools make up 0.16 percent of the top spots. The fact that Iran’s human development index is declining yearly is not without cause. This index fell for the fourth year in a row in 2021 and got close to where it was in 2014.