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Iran to recruit nearly 50,000 teachers by late March: Minister

Iranian government is to recruit around 50,000 teachers by the end of the year to late March.

The Iranian government is planning a major recruitment drive to hire nearly 50,000 teachers as it goes ahead with plans to shore up education in the country once schools are fully recovered from closures imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran’s Education Minister Yusef Nouri said on Thursday that a nationwide exam for recruiting new teachers will be held before the end of the current calendar year in late March.

Nouri said that his department had obtained a government permit to recruit an extra 15,000 teachers it needs to ease staff shortages in Iranian schools.

Education Ministry authorities had earlier indicated that the Iranian government had issued permits for recruitment of 34,731 teachers across the country.

Iran recruits its teachers from a higher education system where applicants must go through at least four years of study and training.

However, the law allows emergency recruitment programs covering the graduates of other universities and seminaries if the Education Ministry is faced with shortages in some staff areas.

The new recruitment drive comes as Iran is still struggling with repeated school closures because of new waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

Classes have been held several days a week in elementary and secondary schools in Iran since the country expanded its coronavirus vaccination coverage to nearly 70% of the population late last year.

It also comes despite Iran’s strained finances because of American sanctions and the economic impacts of the pandemic.

The Iranian parliament passed a law in December ordering the administrative government to raise wages paid to the teachers in the country by up to 15%.

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