Philosophy and chemistry banned in schools by ISIS

An ISIS "faith-strengthening" event for children in one of the ISIS' strongholds in Aleppo province.

An ISIS “faith-strengthening” event for children in one of the ISIS’ strongholds in Aleppo province.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has established an “Islamic curriculum” for students living in the Syrian northern city of Raqqa and banned the study of philosophy and chemistry, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Friday.

The militants called on teachers and school directors to “prepare an Islamic education system in the schools of Raqqa,” which would be reviewed by a board of education appointed by ISIS.

They vowed adequate wages to teachers and principals in Raqqa.

The decision to remove chemistry and philosophy from the curriculums comes as ISIS militants said “they do not fit in with the laws of god,” the London-based monitor group said.

The Sunni fighters have already closed several schools in the province, which had an educational program consistent with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

ISIS, which first emerged in Syria’s war in spring 2013, has since imposed near-total control in Raqqa province and Deir Ezzor on the Iraq border.


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