30% of Iranian schools operate two shifts a day

TEHRAN, May 26 (MNA) -- Head of state Schools Renovation Organization (SRO) here on Tuesday said that 30% of schools are held in two shifts a day, announcing that no schools across the country run three shifts.

Morteza Raeisi referred to the upward trend in population of some parts of the capital, and called it a crucial factor in operating two- or three- shift system for schools, where “two or three groups of children” share one classroom.

Recent figures of Tehran SRO showed that over 60% of Tehran schools operate two shifts a day, and there is also a fear of operating three-shift system.

Average class size in the country is 28 children, while Tehran province’s classes feature about 38 students.

More than 30,000 schools held in double shifts in the country, Raeisi explained, calling for further efforts to improve the country's crumbling, overcrowded classrooms and consequently access to education.

At schools running two shifts, one group of children start the day at eight in the morning and other group begin shortly after lunch.

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MNA

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