Iran Medical Council lambasts education ministry for schools’ reopening

Iran Medical Council lambasts education ministry for schools’ reopening
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Updated 07 September 2020

Iran Medical Council lambasts education ministry for schools’ reopening

Iran Medical Council lambasts education ministry for schools’ reopening
  • IMC head Mohammad Reza Zafarqandi has raised concerns over the decision which he described as a “sudden u-turn”
  • Other Iranian officials have also criticized the decision of the education ministry

DUBAI: The Iran Medical Council (IMC) has questioned the country’s education ministry’s decision to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, national media Radio Farda has reported.

IMC head Mohammad Reza Zafarqandi has raised concerns over the decision which he described as a “sudden u-turn,” adding it would add “burden on the country’s medical workers.”

“When an epidemic hits, schools are the first places that should be closed and the last to be reopened,” he said, hoping the move was not “politically motivated.”

Other Iranian officials have also criticized the decision of the education ministry, including a member of the Supreme Council of Education and former Minister of Education Asghar Fani.

Schools in Iran reopened last week for fifteen million students after a seven-month closure.

The reopening was overseen by President Hassan Rouhani who said: “This year, we shoulder a heavy burden of responsibility toward our students.”