NCR condemns discrimination against female teachers and students

The clerical regime's Ministry of Education yesterday issued a discriminatory directive, announcing that "teachers are not allowed to teach students of opposite sex in language classes. Female teachers are banned from teaching boys older than 10 years of age."

Ms. Soheila Sadeq, Chairwoman of NCR's Committee on Education described the directive by Khatami's cabinet as yet another fundamentalist measure enforcing segregation in the field of education. She said this directive will deprive many female teachers from occupational opportunities and at the same time limit educational possibilities for millions of girl students, who already face reactionary restrictions.

Ms. Sadeq added: By such reactionary restrictions, justified under the banner of religion, the mullahs seek to step up general suppression. The decision by the Education Ministry, which is under Khatami and his faction's total control, again demonstrates that the clerical regime's rhetoric about moderation, is nothing but a mirage.

The NCR's Education Committee chair called on the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission to censure this blatant discrimination against female teachers and girl students which brazenly contradicts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 5, 1999

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