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Iranian President rings in new academic year, stresses continued democracy process

President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday said the move aimed at strengthening the pillars of democracy, improvement of economic status of the country and enhancement of Iran's position in the world will go on, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The move has been turned into a current that will be continued despite all problems and obstacles, the president said in an address to hundreds of students in a ceremony marking the beginning of the new Iranian academic year held at a girls high school in southeast of Tehran.

photo: ISNA

He called on students to pay more attention to knowledge along with morals and urged them to make themselves ready to serve the society and the people in the future.

photo: ISNA

Meanwhile, the president asked several questions and urged the students to answer them so that the answers may be compiled in a book to be used by students and instructors.

photo: ISNA

The role of reforms in the past 150 years in Iran and the lessons the students have taken from the Constitution Movement, the nationalization of oil industry and the 1979 Islamic Revolution were among the questions raised by the president.

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President Khatami further lauded efforts made by Education Minister Morteza Haji and his ministry staff to improve the education status in the country.

The government, despite all the existing problems, has taken great steps towards promotion of education in the society, he added.

Meanwhile, the president, in a friendly meeting with staff of the school, called for improvement of teachers' status.

photo: ISNA

Prior to President Khatami's speech, the education minister, who was present at the school opening ceremony, briefed the students and school staff on the performance of his ministry.

The new academic year in Iran began this morning with President Khatami ringing in the bell at Al-Ghadir Girls High school.

photo: ISNA

Over 16 million students are enrolled at schools all over the country in the current academic year.

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