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September 10, 2004

Pregnant Teacher Fired

An English language teacher has been fired from her post in the United Arab Emirates because she is pregnant according to gulfnews.com. The Ras Al Khaimah Educational Zone fired the woman, who has not been named, after they received a tip, when they asked her to get a medical certificate from a government hospital, the pregnancy was confirmed. The decision not to employ pregnant teachers was made by the Ministry of Education and Youth. Ali Meha’ad Al Suwaidi, assistant undersecretary for human resources at the ministry said, “At a school last year, of the twenty teachers, there were three on maternity leave at one time. We had to recruit teachers on a daily basis.” The ministry has declared that it will now request a medical report from female employees declaring they are not pregnant at the time of appointment. (EL Gazette)

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