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[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]

 

Ranked 1690 In National University Entrance Examination Yet Deprived of Education Due to Being a Baha’i

Taghato: With the announcement of the results of the National University Entrance Examination in 1394 [2015], Baha’i students yet again, did not receive their results, and faced with “Incomplete File”.

Close sources [to] Baha’is in Iran have [reported that], Pouria Ighanian, a 19-year-old Baha’i youth, who acquired the rank 1690 in this year’s National University Entrance Examination, after logging onto the Sanjish Organization[1] website for his results and to select his university field of study, encountered the message “Incomplete File” and was referred to the response unit of the Sanjish Organization in Meshkin Dasht of Karaj.

In previous years, receiving an “Incomplete File” for Baha’i candidates entering universities in Iran, was tantamount to deprivation of their education. It seems this trend continues in the current year.

Prohibition of Baha’is from education in Iranian universities is based on the resolution passed on 6 Esfand 1369 [25 February 1991], by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution. The resolution prohibits them from education at universities as well as employment in public offices.

According to this resolution, not only, should Baha’is be barred from enrolling in universities, but also, they should be barred from continuing their education at the university, should their Baha’i identity be discovered after the “enrollment and while studying”.

This deprivation of education continued in summer 1392 [2013], after Hassan Rouhani’s government came to power to the extent that during last year, a few Baha’i girls and boys, including Shadan Shirazi, who acquired 113 ranks in the Mathematics and Technical Sciences, were barred from entering university due to their religion.

One of the last cases of Baha’i students being expelled from universities is Dorsa Gholizadeh, a student [in the field] of Architectural Studies, at Sari Non-profit University of Rouzbahan, who after studying two semesters was expelled from this university under pressure from the Ministry of Intelligence.

In Mordad this year [July/August 2015], she wrote a letter describing her expulsion from the university “At the Ministry of Intelligence I was told that I have three options: 1-To keep my belief and be deprived of education, 2- To leave the country and continue my education abroad 3- To recant my Faith, go to the Friday Prayer Leader of the city and [convert to Islam] and after publishing my name in the newspaper, continue my education.”

 

 

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