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Saudi education spokesman fired after maternity leave row

Mubarak Al Asimi reportedly sacked after attributing 'damaging' statement to kingdom's Education Minister

Saudi education spokesman fired after maternity leave row

A spokesperson working for Saudi Arabia's education ministry has reportedly been sacked for releasing an inaccurate statement regarding maternity leave for teachers.

According to a report by Dubai daily, Gulf News, Mubarak Al Asimi has lost his job for attributing a “damaging” statement to the Education Minister Prince Khalid Al Faisal.

It cited the Saudi daily Al Sharq which said Prince Al Faisal decided to replace the spokesperson.

Al Asimi said last week that the minister had plans to cancel the maternity leave for staff in girls’ schools, affecting female teachers, principals, supervisors and administrators although no formal decision had been taken.

The statement triggered a wave of condemnation and frustration among female teachers who saw it as a denial of their rights.

Al Asimi denied the claim the following day, saying the minister never hinted at dropping the maternity leave.

He reportedly posted a tweet on his personal account, thanking everyone for their support and said that a new spokesperson would be appointed soon.

Saudi women are entitled to 60 days of paid leave related to the birth of their babies.

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Samir 6 years ago

Eligible employees in the Britian get 26 weeks paid and 52 weeks optional . Come on K.S.A.