According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the student per capita budget in Iran is only 605 USD. With the current nosedive of the Iranian currency to the dollar, this number has now fallen to around 200 USD which is one-fourth of the world average, comparable only to some African countries.
According to the OECD, the average school student per capita budget in the world is 9,313 USD.
Comparing Iran’s student per capita budget with the countries of the region bears surprising results. Even if we do not gage the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which have a huge educational budget despite their low populations, Iran’s budget is still appalling compared to other low income countries in the region.
Turkey, close in population to Iran, has a 3,589.2 USD budget, which is 5.92 times more than Iran’s.
According to the state-run ILNA News Agency, Reza Moslemi, a member of the Hamedan Teachers’ Association, said that in addition to critical problems that students faced in Iran, teachers were also in a dire state.
“The salary of uncontracted teachers, who get part-time insurance, is only one-third of the poverty line,” he said adding that they were also deprived of job security and suitable contracts.
The overall share of the educational budget for students in Iran is also very low. For example, Japan has allocated 165 billion euros for its 13 million students. Germany, with also about 13 million students, has a 129-billion-euro budget.
This is while Iran, which has around the same amount of students has a budget of only 6.5 million euros.
The severe deficiency in the student per capita budget in Iran is one of the issues that has raised serious concerns among teacher activists regarding the future of education in the country.