By Courtney Trenwith
Ministry of Education tells school principals it is considering scrapping maternity leave for employees
The Saudi Ministry of Education has warned it may axe maternity leave for teachers and other school staff, local media have reported.
The ministry informed school principals in a letter sent this week that the paid leave may no longer be available for teachers, administrators, principals, supervisors and other educational workers who become new mothers.
Several principals told Saudi Gazette the decision may be in response to an increase in women seeking maternity leave at the beginning of the school year.
The ministry reportedly said teachers would still be able to apply for unpaid leave.
Ministry of Education spokesman Mubarak Al Esaimi reportedly said the decision had not yet been implemented.
Article 151: A working woman shall be entitled to a maternity leave covering the four weeks immediately preceding the expected date of delivery and the subsequent six weeks. The probable date of delivery shall be determined by the physician of the establishment or by a medical certificate authenticated by a health agency. It shall be prohibited to employ a woman during the six weeks immediately following her delivery. "Everybody including gov t bodies are not to be exempted from the laws of the land".