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Shahrzad
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posted June 12, 2001 10:04     Click Here to See the Profile for Shahrzad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

TEHRAN, June 11 (Reuters) - Iranian security forces made at least five arrests on Monday during a demonstration by hundreds of high school students angry at facing final exam questions that covered a subject they were never taught, witnesses said. The students, from a wealthy suburb of Tehran, tore up textbooks in protest outside an office of the education ministry. They said the questions in a final physics exam had not been covered in the school syllabus.

"We are not guinea pigs to be experimented on every year," one angry 17-year-old student told Reuters.

"Can they honestly tell us where in the textbook we are to find answers to the questions posed?"

Others said the same problem had occurred before. Protests by students over conditions at schools and universities have increased in recent years.

The students cheered a local education official who told them it was their responsibility to defend their social rights and promised to investigate the case.

Police and plain-clothes security agents then dispersed the students and made the arrests.

"They don't respect our integrity," said one young girl as she was ushered out of the way by security agents. "They treat us like animals."

Reformist President Mohammad Khatami returned to office in a landslide election victory on Saturday with strong support from young first-time voters aged 15 to 18.

After the election he pledged that his priority was to foster more democracy.

"Freedom of speech, criticism and even protest within the law ... is the pre-condition for quicker victory," he said.

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High School Students Protest Against Final Exam

The Tehran Times
June 12, 2001

TEHRAN The students of mathematics-physics faculties from Tehran and some other cities held gatherings yesterday in protest to questions in a final physics exam, which had not been covered in the school syllabus.

In Tehran, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside an office of the Education Ministry and shouted slogans.

Police made at least five arrests during the demonstrations by high school students angry at facing final exam questions that covered a subject they were never taught. " We are not guinea pigs to be experimented on every year," one angry 17-year-old student said.

"Can they honestly tell us where in the textbook we are to find answers to the questions posed?"

The students cheered a local education official, who told them it was their responsibility to defend their social rights and promised to investigate the case.

Police then dispersed the students and made the arrests.

In Isfahan, the students held a two-hour gathering in front of the local Education Department in protest to the nationwide questions.

There were also demonstrations in Kashan and Ahvaz.

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