Tehran, Sept 24, IRNA-The new academic year in Iran began Saturday morning with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ringing the bell at a girl's high school in the quake-stricken city of Bam in the southeastern Kerman province.
During a ceremony held in the high school, President Ahmadinejad delivered a speech on the occasion.
Addressing students, he said, "the Iranian nation pins hope on you for its future".
The president also described the opening day of the new academic year as "a great event" in which beginning of a hard work is celebrated.
Some 15 million students are enrolled in schools all over the country in the current academic year.
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