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Iran: Three million two hundred thousand children being hindered from education

NCRI – ISNA news agency has on Saturday September 24 quoted from “Shahindokht Molaverdi”, regime’s vice president, that three million two hundred thousand children are being hindered from education among which girls are the main group.

Regarding the hindered from education, she said: “According to the results of the Parliament’s Research Center, at the moment there are three million two hundred thousand children In Iran who are being hindered from education.”

According to a statistics published in 2015, many of the children hindered from education are from deprived provinces in the country while girls have the majority in the statistics. Last September at the beginning of the 2015 school year, about one million four hundred thirty thousand students didn’t go to school.

“Ali Asghar Fani” Minister of Education, had once said that nationwide, 51 percent of the students are boys and 49 percent of them are girls and that following the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the gap between boys and girls has decreased. But according to “Atlas of  the Status of Women in the Country”, the illiteracy situation among Iranian women and girls is worrying and it is critical in 40 cities.

Cities in Southern Iran are on top on the Girls Illiteracy Table. Sistan and Baluchestan is the first province in this regard, with 11 cities on the list, followed by Khuzestan with three cities. West Azerbaijan is third and East Azerbaijan is fourth on the table.

In Khuzestan province there are 90,000 hindered-from-education children, being dropped out of school before 18.

Among the reasons which hinder children from going to schools are such factors as family poverty (thereby not affording the educational costs), participation of children in the household income ( working children), cultural issues, seasonal immigrations and lack of birth certificate, all of which are more easily accepted when it comes to girls.