How ‘fierce’ Iranian teachers can teach abroad
Iran’s government is encouraging teachers to teach overseas, but it is not as easy as it seems.
The education minister, Javad Zarif, said on Tuesday that Iranian teachers would be given “fierce” incentives to teach abroad, as long as they have experience abroad.
“Teachers should be given the highest level of training and education,” Zarif said, according to a translation by The Associated Press.
“Teachers can be trained for a minimum of five years abroad and then they should return to Iran.
But in the future, they should be able to teach in the Iranian universities.”
Zarif also said that the government would give teachers training in the country’s two universities, where they would have the opportunity to teach foreign languages.
He did not say which universities, and where they will be located.
ZarIF, who was elected to the presidency in June, has been under fire in Iran for his recent criticism of foreign teachers who have worked in Iran and were in contact with members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
He has repeatedly called on the IRGC to be removed from the country.
Iran has long been one of the most repressive countries in the Middle East, with many people sentenced to death.
Teachers who are employed in Iran can be imprisoned for up to 15 years if they have been convicted of terrorism, but are allowed to work in other Iranian institutions.