Tehran University students held a sit-in outside the campus over a new rule that states undergraduates must pay for dropped courses. They have been at the university’s entrance gates for days holding up banners that read, “Forcing us to take undergraduate courses dubbed compensatory courses is irrational and theft.” During previous days, Tehran University students had also rallied at the University Deputy Office. Similar protests by students have been held during recent months.
The so-called compensatory courses are courses that students chose not to take in previous terms. Tehran University now finds it necessary to force students to take these courses for higher degrees. Their test scores though
According to Tehran University students, the fact that university officials are forcing them to take courses they did not need to take before is fraud and a way to force them to pay additional tuition. They have accused officials of stealing from them.
Reports also indicate that despite laws that say students should not pay for tuition for public universities, students’ families are forced to pay large amounts to enroll their children at university.
“In the enrollment process, they ask for a sum between 200,000 and 600,000 tomans (about $47 to $142) from students’ parents,” Etela’at state-run newspaper wrote on July 29.
“Many parents do not object due to fear that their children’s enrollment would be refused. What is noteworthy is that the funds exchanged between parents and universities are not recorded,” the daily added.