Saddam Hussein closed private schools in 1973, requiring that all students learn to venerate the regime and the Sunni version of Islam. Now a few private schools have opened, the Los Angeles Times reports.
So far, countrywide there are nine coed private primary schools and four boys-only secondary schools, with a total enrollment of about 2,000.
Tuitions vary widely. Sindbad Primary charges a little more than $1,200 a year, equal to tuition fees in neighboring Jordan. Al Mamoon asks for $300 a year but offers discounts to top students and to families with more than one child enrolled in the school.
Many private-school students want to go on to study at foreign universities.