47 Baha’i Students Barred From Higher Education in IranPublished by Tirdad on September 17, 2018
At least 47 students have been deprived from continuing higher education due to their conviction.
They had participated in and passed the national university entrance examination, some with outstanding results, but when checking in for their on line account, they received a message stating “deficient Fill” in the Evaluation Organization (Sanjesh).
“Deficient Fill” is an option used to block Baha’I students’ access to their online account and inform them of being barred from continuing their higher education. This has become usual since 2006 and numerous students with Baha’i faith have faced this option in the results of national university entrance examinations.
Iranian government routinely deprive Baha’i people from higher education. Even dozens of Baha’is who have successfully passed the national examinations and many others are denied to continue their education at the university level and have been forced to drop out, even after several years.
In a recent case in March 2018 Soha Izadi was expelled from a university in Zanjan, 207 miles west of Tehran, because of her Baha’i faith. She was told by university officials that the only way she could continue her studies is by renouncing her faith.
In university registration forms, students are required to reveal their religion, but Baha’is, who are banned religious minority, usually leave it blank.
According to Article 1 of Iran’s Supreme Cultural Revolution Council’s Student Qualification Regulations, approved by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 1991, students who take the national enrollment exam must either be Muslim or followers of other constitutionally sanctioned religions.
Article 3 states that if a student is discovered to be a Baha’i after enrolling in a university, he or she will be expelled.