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

      Published on Monday, 18 May , 2020      1831 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.

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