Education system in Kurdistan Iran:

The School system in Kurdistan is a part of the Iranian education system. In Iran it takes 12 years to obtain a high school diploma, which allows you to apply for Universities.

A lot of Kurdish children donít go to school because they have to support their families. They need to go to work because their families depend on them. Those children who lost their father or older brother have to mature quickly and support their families due to lock of governmentís support. Many Children basically have no childhood and no chance of a decent education in future.

The second group of children grow up in an average Kurdish family. They usually live in villages and small cities. The quality of education in their school is much lower than in the rest of Iran.

The first five years in school children learn how to read and write Persian. They arenít allowed to speaks Kursdisch in their classrooms. They donít learn Kurdish language at school. Kurdish children are basically illiterate in their native language. They grow up with a perception that their language and culture is less valuable than the Persian culture. A lot of them feel inferior and donít want to be Kurds.

Two major frame of every culture is religion and the language and Kurds have no right to exercise their basic rights. Children have been exposed heavily to religion lectures, mainly Shiite religion. Interestingly the majority of Kurds are Sunny. At the fifth grade children start to study Arabic for religious proposes and after the ninth grade they get exposed to the English language in a very low academic level.

Kurdish children have a very hard time to compete with Persian children because of their financial situation and the low quality of their education. In order to get in to the Iranian Universities Kurdish children need to show Islamic adherence with at least three strong references. For those children ,who lost their father or any family member in the war with the Iranian government , is impossible to get accepted at any Iranian University.

There are no major Universities or Medical Schools in Kurdistan Iran . About 30 percent of the university positions have been reserved for children and family members of those who died for the Islamic revolution.One third of the remaining seats will go to Veterans and their family members. The rest of the positions goes to those with highest SAT-score in addition to Islamic reference letters. The acceptance rate for Kurds is extremely low . Even those who arenít involved in any kind of political activities have no chance to get a graduate degree because of a low level of their education.

Those who finish high school are illiterate in their native language. They werenít allowed to learn Kurdish at school. The government officials always associated the desire of Kurds to cherish their culture and language with being independent.

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