Iran Regime Privatises Education Sector
A few weeks ago, the Iranian education ministry has been tasked with managing all sectors of education until the end of the current academic year. Different factions of the Iranian regime have been in disagreement regarding the private and public sector within the educational system.
Like many areas of life in Iran, the regime sees the education sector as another way to exploit resources and enrichen itself to the detriment of the people. This new bill has not been popular.
While the bill was being discussed, not a single official questioned the government’s responsibility to provide free education to all. The Iranian government has a duty to provide education to all Iranian children until they finish high school.
This new bill is taking the management of schools away from the government, but it is just providing the regime with another way to take away resources from the people.
Without looking into the situation too closely, it could easily be thought that the regime is putting measures in place to improve the education system that is failing because of a lack of funds. However, basically privatizing the education system is not helping matters.
In fact, it is harming the already struggling economy and it is further marginalizing the poor and already marginalized. The government is shirking its responsibility and passing the responsibility of funding the education system across to the people.
A professor at Tehran University spoke about the problem, saying that rich Iranians would prefer to enroll their children at private schools and ensure that their children receive an education separate to poor children. The professor also said that the aim of some wealthy people is to “eliminate the poor” from the education cycle. Of course, many of these wealthy people have ties to the regime. Regular families are struggling as it is to afford to send their children to any school.
More and more Iranian children are not able to go to school. It is a basic right that children all over the world take for granted. However, in Iran where families are falling deeper into poverty, many children have been unable to spend a single day in school. Some families rely on the income from their children, while some families cannot afford school supplies.
The exact number of children not able to attend school in Iran is unknown. The regime estimated that there are approximately 3 million children not in education, but more reliable estimates indicate that the exact figure is around double this.
The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) has pointed out that the children of Iran are the first victims of the regime. This privatization of the education sector is just one more example of the regime’s corruption and mismanagement.
The Iranian opposition supports the people in their quest for regime change. It is clear that the regime is never going to put the people first, hence the massive protests and anti-government demonstrations taking place across the country. The people are taking their future into their hands.