Iran bans ‘UGLY’ teachers

August 24. 2017, Euro News –  education department has issued a list of hundreds of ailments which can be used to exclude teachers from working in the country’s schools. The document covers all kinds of illnesses and conditions but some of the most controversial relate to the appearance of teachers.

Those working in classrooms should not be cross-eyed, have unsightly facial moles, severe acne or eczema, burn marks or less than 20 teeth. Women with facial hair are also banned.

Other rules relate to conditions which would usually go completely unnoticed such as female infertility or cancers, bladder stones or colour blindness.

The list was published by the semi-official FARS news agency which pointed out that applicants spend more time on medical tests than they do on training.

The agency urged the education department to be “more realistic” in its criteria.

Social media users also attacked the rules, prompting an advisor to President Hassan Rouhani to promise the list would be investigated.