Setting minimum height for teachers illegal

Updated: 2018-07-05

  A GRADUATE of Xi'an-based Shaanxi Normal University was informed by the school's employment center that she cannot obtain a certificate to work as a teacher just before leaving school, because she is shorter than the province's minimum height requirement for teachers - 1.5 meters for women and 1.55 meters for men - jointly settled by the Shaanxi education and public health authorities in 2009. ThePaper.cn comments:

  The education authorities of Jiangxi and Sichuan provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region have canceled similar regulations. But Shaanxi seems not yet ready to do so.

  Yet the woman was admitted by the teachers' university as an English major four years ago, without being told that she was too short to work as teacher, and she has been educated and trained to be one for four years.

  Source: China Daily

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