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Arab-Iranian Students and Higher Education

Arab-Iranians are increasingly restive, writes Amir Taheri. Among their grievances:

Arabs are also at a disadvantage in higher education. Entry into Iranian universities is through a tough set of exams known as konkour. Ethnic Arabs usually come from worst-rated secondary schools, don’t quite master Persian (the language of the tests), and are unfamiliar with questions dealing with Persian culture and literature. As a result, an ethnic Arab’s chance of getting into university is 12 times lower than his compatriots from Tehran, Shiraz or Isfahan.

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