Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Dec. 22, 2018 - On Monday, a horrible fire incident in a girls’ elementary school in Zahedan, Sistan Baluchistan province, caused the death of four innocent schoolgirls. Three of the victims died in the first hours that followed the incident. The fourth one died and slow and painful death in front of the bleary eyes of her parents 40 hours after she was taken to the hospital.
The incident was caused by a malfunctioning kerosene heater caught fire and quickly spread to the carpet, furniture and other parts of the school. It quickly became uncontrollable, catching the unfortunate victims of its flames.
Stranded, the victims futilely tried to protect themselves by hiding under school benches. When they were eventually found, they had already lost consciousness due to their burns and inhaling smoke.
In a statement, the education commission of the National Council of Resistance of Iran stressed that the burning of schoolchildren is a common scene in Iran as the winter cold settles. “These incidents happen because there aren’t proper heating apparels in schools and students are packed into classes that don’t have enough capacity,” the statement reads. The NCRI reminded that in the past months alone, there have been several incidents where schoolchildren have been harmed because of lack of proper facilities and maintenance in schools, but the news seldom finds its way into media because the Iranian regime prevents the news from being broadcasted.
Ta’adol, a state-run news website, described the situation in the Zahedan girls school as such: “Four girls died in the flames of the non-standard heater of their school’s heater. But this incident is not the end of the tragedy of schoolchildren burning. At least 100,000 classrooms in different provinces are lacking standard heating systems. Kerosene heaters are still used regularly in classes and budget deficits in the education sector are preventing them from being replaced.” Ta’adol also states that Iranian officials have made promises to fix the problem in the next two years while they had previously promised to remove kerosene and gas heaters from schools by 2017. “Education minister Mohammad Bathaei admits that more than 40 percent of schools are lacking proper heating systems.”
Etemad Online, another state-run news website, reminds that the Zahedan incident is reminiscent of 2012 fire incident at Shin Abad elementary school in Kurdistan province caused two deaths and left 29 schoolgirls scarred for the rest of their lives.
“Whether it’s worn-out infrastructure or non-standard heating systems, it doesn’t make a difference. In the end, students will have to suffer from the shortcomings of the schools,” Etemad writes, observing that the common denominator between all the incidents that have happened is that they are in areas that are underprivileged and have been deprived of the most basic services. “The burns of the girls of Shin Abad are still vivid before the eyes of the Iranian people, and not only their bruises getting better, but it seems as if we have to witness even more pain every day.”
The regime confesses to the tragic state of schools
The Iranian regime’s inefficiency in managing schools has become so obvious and undeniable that even state-run news websites are forced to acknowledge parts of it.
“Yesterday, a two-squared-meter part of the roof of a classroom in Assadabad, Ramhormoz, caved in. Two students were injured and taken to the hospital,” reported IRGC-owned Fars News Agency a few days before the Zahedan incident. Weeks earlier, Fars had reported another incident in which a wall had collapsed in a school and had injured two students. In another case, Fars reported that a school in Ghaleh Ganj village that didn’t have walls or fences around its court had been attacked by a mad cow and a third-grade student was injured.
IRNA News Agency reported in June that according to figures published by the regime, “Approximately 27 percent of Iran’s school buildings are ruined, 34 percent require renovation and only 39 percent of schools have reliable buildings.” IRNA concludes that 1.5 million schoolchildren are studying in buildings that need to be renovated and 2 million children are in serious danger.
Tasnim, the news agency owned by the terrorist Quds force, reported in October that “60 percent of schools in Tehran are worn out.”
Who are the killers of Iran’s schoolchildren?
While the schoolchildren are dying in classrooms for lack of proper facilities and infrastructure, the Iranian regime is squandering the country’s wealth and budget on foreign agendas. One example is the regime’s school-building projects in neighboring countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, which it does in order to smooth the way for its terrorist meddling and the advertising of its corrupt ideology.
The tragic state of school and education and schools in Iran is the mirror image of the rampant corruption that plagues the entirety of a regime. In one case, more than 120 billion rials were stolen from the account of the teachers’ fund.
In its statement, the NCRI’s education commission reminded that “While every year, Iranian authorities are spending billions of dollars on terrorist operations and warmongering in the Middle East and other parts of the world, they are complaining about the worn state of heating equipment in schools. The share of innocent schoolchildren of Iran from the country’s wealth isn’t even enough to afford a proper heater in their classes.”