x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Teacher under investigation for drunkenness

Female teacher allegedly arrived at girls' high school drunk and acted in an inappropriate manner towards students.

ABU DHABI // A government school teacher in the capital is being investigated for allegedly arriving at school drunk.

The female teacher of a girls' high school in Abu Dhabi was temporarily suspended until the investigation could be completed, said Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).

“As soon as the school principal informed us we started investigating the matter,” said Dr Al Khaili. “We were told she was drunk when she came to school and this is unacceptable.

“But we will be looking at all the evidence and talking to all parties before we arrive at a decision of whether we will fire her.”

The teacher was also allegedly acting in an inappropriate manner with the pupils in the classroom when the incident occurred last week.

Dr Al Khaili said every teacher was given a code of conduct before they began teaching. “We have guidelines that every teacher is expected to follow as is the case all over the world.”

Alcohol consumption is prohibited by Islam and the country’s laws enforce strict punishment, including jail time, for Muslims found guilty.

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