Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, January 22, 2010

Iranian exam boycott

At first this sounds incongruous. Students refuse to take exams as a political protest. But, it is apparently going on in Iran. Once again, the protest is centered in the most cosmopolitan part of the population.

Iran students boycott exams to protest disputed election
Students in Iran have been boycotting end-of-term exams as they continue to show their opposition to the outcome of last year's disputed presidential election...

The examinations boycott began at Amir Kabir University, a well respected institution with a well organised pro-reform student union...

Activists say there are no laws to punish students who refuse to take part in exams, but they fear that students might face different forms of reprisal from the state.

The Deputy Minister for Education, Hossein Naderi-Manesh, has said that boycotting exams "is part of a conspiracy to agitate the students and create chaos in academic institutions"...

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