The President Also Wants to Stop Forced Retirement of Professors Regarded as Un-Islamic
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today unambiguously instructed his ministers of Science and Health to stop recent developments in gender segregation at universities and the forced retirements of university professors. Both trends had been justified as the “Islamization” of higher education, preventing the mingling of sexes in the classrooms and getting rid of “Un-Islamic” university professors.
The text of Ahmadinejad’s directive is as follows:
In the Name of God
Mr. Daneshjoo, the Esteemed Minister of Science, Research and Technology
Ms. Dasterjerdi, the Esteemed Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education
1. It is heard that the university professors are forced to retire without reason. It is necessary that you stop the process of forced retirements until the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution passes the bylaws on retirement conditions for the members of the university faculties.
2. It is heard that some universities have segregated sexes in some departments and classrooms without considering the consequences.
It is vital to stop these shallow and unwise developments immediately.
Report back to me on your actions on these issues.