SAUDI ARABIAN schools have been empowered to remove teachers over “intellectual differences” following a government directive sparking fears of a reactionary clampdown on dissent.
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Education Minister Hamad al-Sheikh has authorised directors of education departments across the gulf kingdom to take immediate action against teachers and force them to undertake administrative duties pending a final decision on their future.
But Saudi Arabia operates a strict Islamist system with a strong focus on religious instruction at the core of the country’s schooling.
Earlier this year Mr Sheikh sacked the dean of the Sharia faculty at al-Riyadh University after he hosted people that were deemed to have “intellectual differences.” It is thought that they did not adhere to the strict Wahabbist strand of Islam.
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