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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Taghato

[Date:] 18 Shahrivar 1394 [9 September 2015]

 

Continued Deprivation of Education of Baha’i Candidates for the National University Entrance Examination: Ava Amini Has Also Encountered “Incomplete File”.

Taghato: Another Baha’i candidate in the national university entrance examination in Iran reported that she did not receive the exam results due to an “Incomplete File”.

Ava Amini, a young Baha’i living in Karaj, who had gone to the Sanjish[1] Organization in Meshkin Dasht, Karaj, to find out the reason for its not revealing the results of her major selection, wrote in response to her situation, “Again, the same old excuse for not allowing Baha’is to enter university: Incomplete File.”

In recent years, the announcement of “Incomplete File” for the Baha’i candidates entering universities in Iran has been tantamount to deprivation of their education, and this trend is likely to continue this year.

Previously, Pouria Ighanian, a 19-year-old Baha’i, who ranked 1690 in this year’s national university entrance examination, was faced with a similar message, after signing into the Sanjish Organization website to find out her exam results for choosing her field of study and university.

Deprivation of education of Baha’is in Iranian universities is based on the decree of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution on 6 Esfand 1369 [25 February 1991], which deprives Baha’is of university education in addition to deprivation of employment in public offices.

According to the third paragraph of this decree, not only should Baha’is not be enrolled in universities, but also if their individual Baha’i identity is established after enrolment and “while studying” they should also be barred from [further] studying.

This deprivation of education continued after Hassan Rouhani’s government came to power in the summer of 1392 [2013]. Last year, several Baha’i girls and boys, including Shadan Shirazi, who holds rank 113 in the mathematics and technical national university entrance exams, were deprived of entering university due to their religion.

 

 

[1] [Sanjish:  Educational Assessment and Evaluation Organization]