Saudi Arabian schools given power to sack teachers over ‘intellectual differences’

      Published on Monday, 18 May , 2020      2056 Views     
Saudi Arabian schools given power to sack teachers over ‘intellectual differences’

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SAUDI ARABIAN schools have been empowered to remove teachers over “intellectual differences” following a government directive sparking fears of a reactionary clampdown on dissent.

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.

Details were unclear over the definition of “intellectual differences” and the conditions that would lead to the dismissals.

But Saudi Arabia operates a strict Islamist system with a strong focus on religious instruction at the core of the country’s schooling.

Critics have accused Wahhabism of stifling critical thought and warn of anti-Shia intolerance embedded in the education system and the promotion of hatred of “non-believers.”

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.

Category Saudi News | 2020/05/18 latest update at 1:00 PM
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