Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in an address to a group of teachers and academics on Tuesday on the occasion of the National Teachers’ Day, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, who was martyred by Forqan Group soon after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Press TV reported.
The Leader said reviving the feeling of “Iranian-Islamic identity and national personality” in the intelligent youths of the country is a “fundamental” duty.
“Language, nationality and flag are among the basic and important issues. A student should be proud of being Iranian, which indeed is a source of pride,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that strengthening the Iranian identity and teaching the Islamic-Iranian way of life are among the main things required in the country’s education system.
The Leader emphasized that all Iranian officials and decision-makers and people from all walks of life must understand the significance of education.
Ayatollah Khamenei called on the authorities to make a revision in the current path of education and evaluate its productivity for the country.
“The main policy of education should be based on teaching useful science and meeting the current and future needs of the country,” the Leader stated.
The Leader said that teachers and academics are educators of the precious jewel of the “teenage and young generation” and the future architects of the country.
Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that it is not possible to make progress without the assistance of the education system.
The Leader also praised the country’s teachers for their efforts in educating children despite difficulties. He expressed gratitude for the teachers’ sincere efforts despite all the woes they are facing, especially those in deprived areas.