Iran’s education department has clamped down on ‘ugly’ teachers – with a ban for teachers suffering from acne, women with facial hair, and teachers with less than 20 teeth.
The new law also bans cross-eyed teachers, teachers with moles, and anyone suffering from eczema.
The list of rules also banned colourblind art teachers – and infertile female teachers, and was published by a the country’s semi-official FARS news agency.
The controversial measures were part of a list of hundreds of medical conditions which were ‘banned’ for teaching staff.
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The list caused outrage on social media, with one social media user pointing out that under the rules, Stephen Hawking would be forbidden from teaching in Iran.
استفان هاکینگز نابغه فیزیک اگر ایران زندگی می کرد، با این محدودیتهای پزشکی اعلام شده آموزش و پرورش برای استخدام معلمان الان خانه نشین بود! pic.twitter.com/ktGLaKxUoI
— Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) August 23, 2017
In the wake of the controversy, a spokesman for the education department said that the list would be reviewed.
Measures specifically targeting women would be removed, a spokesman said.
Shahindokht Molaverdi, an adviser to the President Hassan Rouhani, said that the list – published by an education department – would be investigated.