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[Adapted from website:] Baha’i World News Service

[Date:] 10 Mehr 1388 (2 October 2009)


Tehran: Problems with a Baha’i Student Enrolling in School

Latest news from Iran:

A young Baha’i girl was asked to fill out a form to indicate her religion while attending a school in Tehran. When school officials found out she was Baha’i they informed the principal, who called the school security. The Baha’i student was subsequently told that the Office of Security had asked her to sign an undertaking that no one—not even the classmate sitting next to her—should find out that she is a Baha’i.

The student subsequently applied to several other schools for enrolment, but in all cases, she was referred to the first school. On her return to that school, she was again asked to sign the pledge. She then went to the district education office, where she was referred to security. The security officer confirmed that she would not be enrolled in the school without her written commitment.

This student has not yet found a school to enrol in. Although the report does not mention her age or level of education, [from] what she wrote, as the young girl herself, she appears to be a middle school student.