Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Iranian Schools aren’t Offering Online Classes
As of today [Last updated: April 21, 2020, 17:36 GMT], officially, Iran ranked eighth in world total COVID-19 cases, with 84,802 total infections, more than 5,297 deaths, and 60,965 recovered, allegedly.
ICBHR– All children are guaranteed the right to a free education by the United Nations’ Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
Iran was one of the first countries to ratify this covenant, in 1975, and under the pre-revolutionary regime, Iran had the highest per-capita education spending in the developing world.
However, after four decades of misrule under the Islamic regime, Iran’s education system is now one of the most primitive and backward in the world.
In several Iranian provinces, there are no modern schools. These Iranian students are unable to learn in the technology-equipped classrooms that are so necessary for today’s information society. Instead, many students across the country, particularly in remote areas, attend classes in tents, or muds.
There are thousands of tent and mud-hut schools all across Iran.
Now, however, with the coronavirus ravaging the nations, Iran’s education system has been brought to a point of near-collapse. According to the most optimistic situation, 90% of schools in Iran 31 provinces are experiencing crisis.
Thousands upon thousands of classrooms don’t have standard heating or air conditioning systems, and the tent and mud-hut schools, of course, don’t even have electricity.
As with many other countries, Iran’s schools have had to close in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, and students are told to take their classes remotely, online. Yet, millions of Iranian students are unable to access their online courses.
Most Iranian public schools are unable to run a remote learning network, and the regime’s Ministry of Education is also unable to help with setting up online classes, due to Iran’s substandard Internet infrastructure, along with a shortage of ministry staff who are qualified to administer such a program. Even worse, millions of Iranians don’t have high-speed Internet in their homes, and are unable to travel to an Internet café on account of the pandemic-induced lockdown.
In the 1980s, Iranian children were pulled out of schools by the regime to go fight in the Iran-Iraq war.
Those who survived, often with crippling injuries, were dubbed Iran’s Lost Generation.
Now, Iran is at risk of creating another Lost Generation, of millions deprived of their right to knowledge and important training for life as a result of the regime’s monumental mishandling of COVID-19.
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