Announcing the results of 2019 entrance exam, it was determined that 1,118,793 candidates participated in this year’s entrance exam. A high percentage of the candidates who won the top ranks were from special schools. In fact, more than 70 percent of the top rankings in the entrance exam are for Sampad, Shahed, Heyat Omanaee, Nemoone mardomi and non-government schools. Non-profit and public schools accounted for only 13 to 14 percent. This statistics indicates educational inequality in 2019 entrance exam. In a broader sense, it shows educational injustice in different regions and schools of the country.
This inequality exists in different provinces. In other words, 80% of those who have been allowed to choose a field have been concentrated in 5 or 6 provinces of our country. In this national competition, Yazd province ranked first among them and the rest of the provinces had a very small share or no share at all. It is not far from the mind that less developed and deprived provinces are in this category.
Here is a question, then, what is the position of other schools such as public schools and other provinces in 2019 entrance exam?
In recent years, we have witnessed a decrease in the number of applicants from different provinces, and it has also been seen that the number of admissions from public and non-profit schools has greatly decreased, and it lowers every year. These results are a warning of the lack of adequate and well-equipped schools in all provinces, and it also shows the low quality of education in public schools.
Of course, the weaknesses of the entrance exam method and of the educational system are also involved in this issue.
In the first place, what should be observed in a competition is the equality of educational conditions .Our country is not acting well in this area.
Privatization of departments and organizations is being practiced in many countries, but what is interesting is that in most developed countries, the education sector is completely state-owned because the children of a land must have equal rights to education.
With the increase in the number of private schools, there is no longer any justice in education, because despite the budget and facilities that these schools have, only certain people who are well off can enroll their children in such schools. This inequality has unfortunate outcomes such as this year’s entrance exam.
It is natural that schools with better budgets have better educational equipment and also have qualified and professional teachers and educators. All these factors have made the students of these schools more prominent in education and ultimately more successful.
Another reason for inequality is the lack of adequate and well-equipped schools in all regions of the country. If you follow the news of Barin, you will see that there are many provinces in our country such as Sistan and Baluchestan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, West Azerbaijan, etc., that face shortage of schools even schools with minimum facilities. This is why students in these areas are unable to continue their education properly. And we often encounter these children and adolescents who have quit school .It’s all due to unfavorable educational conditions.
In statistics such as the ones related to the entrance exam, the weakness of these areas in education is well shown and as mentioned at the beginning, the participants of this crucial test are only related to 5 or 6 provinces of the country, which are larger and more advanced provinces. Provinces such as Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, East Azerbaijan and Fars fall into this category, and the rest are withdrawn from this competition.
Institutions such as Barin Charity are all set up to achieve justice so that people who are disadvantaged will be able to lead a little easier life than before and their children can grow up in the community. School-building, which is a key element of the charity, will help improve this situation and achieve educational equality. Examining and identifying villages and areas that are deprived of a school or have few or old schools is part of Barin’s activity.
As said before a very important activity in this institution is building school. This action wouldn’t be possible without the help of school-building donors and philanthropists.
Undoubtedly, being a part of this good cause will have lasting effect, and it will help to promote the society and the educational equality of children too. These children are an important and crucial part of this land.