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For Immediate Release
May 3, 2004

Iraqi Teachers Returning to Work
Iraq Fact of the Day

Iraqi teachers who were persecuted for their political beliefs during Saddam's regime are finally returning to their chosen professions. Approximately 15,000 teachers were fired by Saddam's regime for political reasons, including relatives of Iraqis who were executed, exiled, or imprisoned. To date, 4,700 have been re-hired by the Ministry of Education and 1,100 more will be rehired in the next few days. In addition, the Ministries of Education and Higher Education and the Supreme National De-Ba'athification Commission, are working to ensure that the de-Ba'athification appeals process is accelerated and implemented fairly and efficiently. Securing the best possible teachers for Iraq's youth is vital to the future of freedom and prosperity in the new Iraq.

Source: Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad d

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