The trouble with Iran’s education system

Iran’s education system is in a major crisis, not due to the quality of its education but instead due to the lack of teachers who are able to teach. As the qualified teachers get older and seek to retire, new personnel are not coming in to replace them.

Almost 300,000 teachers will be needed to fill the void, and sadly that’s not the only problem. Training is also starting to become a problem, as well as a lack of equipment and even spaces to teach. Some even say that schools in Iran’s capital will collapse “with a strong wind” as they are so rundown.

Other dangers include falling debris, collapsing ceilings, and even smoke inhalation when heaters break down, and the schools can’t be destroyed and rebuilt because there isn’t enough money to do so.

An economic problem

In addition, while larger countries have the capacity to find work and jobs for their college graduates and put them to work in the economy. However, Iran is producing far too many students and doesn’t have the ability to absorb them all into the workforce.

This causes trouble for Iran’s economy as many of the youth are unemployed and simply have no plan to get a job or help make a better future for Iran due to how badly the country is being run. This can rapidly turn into anger and can cause social problems for Iran, as getting jobs in the country is mostly based on who you know and not skills or degrees.

Since the graduates don’t have much of a future in Iran, they turn abroad, going to the U.S or other countries to be able to apply their talents and get a steady paycheck for what they love to do. Then Iran doesn’t benefit from their skills and the cycle gets worse.

This brain-drain causes Iran to lose its strongest minds to other countries and prevents the country from using their specific talents and knowledge to potentially fix their problems.

How to fix this?

How is the problem of too few teachers and too many students fixed? It is a tough one and doesn’t have a one type fits all solution. However, certain reforms have already been placed into practice to give more students the chance to get into school, by replacing a big test called the Concur, which is a massive ‘make or break’ test that determines a student’s career with other ones back in 2007.

Improving the country’s economy to not only absorb and have a use for all of the students who graduate, as well as giving them the funds to train more teachers and rebuild the schools that wouldn’t hold up against a storm would be the first step, but that takes a level of serious change.

But it can be done, it would be a massive uphill battle to cause that change and turn Iran’s education system into something that the entire world can envy, but it can be done.