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

 

[Adopted from website:] Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA)

[Date:] 20 Shahrivar 1398 [11 September 2019]

 

Minister of Education:

As of September 14, Million Students Go to School

The Minister of Education, in declaring that 14 million students will go to school at the beginning of September, announced [that there will be a] solution to the problem of the shortage of human resources by September.

According to ISNA, Mohsen Haji Mirzaie said about the ministry’s preparations for the Mehr Project, on the side-lines of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, “The Mehr Project is a project that started a few months ago in the Ministry of Education, and all the provinces, organs and regions are active in it. The organization of the project’s human resources has also been done.

He added, “There was a shortage of human resources; fortunately, with the arrangements and agreements made with the provincial administrations, the shortage of human resources will be solved by the beginning of September.”

The minister of education said that 14 million students will go to school from the beginning of September. One of [his] programmes is to combine home and school, and this combination will effectively help in educating the children. In this regard, [he] urges all parents to visit their children’s schools and support the schools in the remaining time.

Emphasising that he does not necessarily mean financial support and assistance, Haji Mirzaie said, “I believe that the school environment should be a fresh, cheerful, comfortable and suitable environment, especially for girls, and we hope that with the help of all families and people of Iran we can achieve a glorious Mehr [September].”

He also commented on the education of students of other religions: “If students declare that they are followers of religions other than the official religions of the country, and this action of theirs is considered as a kind of propaganda, their education in schools is prohibited.”