'Teachers don't shake hands everyday'

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13 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Shaking hands as a greeting is not a "daily custom in education", according to a Muslim teacher in Utrecht.

13 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Shaking hands as a greeting is not a "daily custom in education", according to a Muslim teacher in Utrecht.

The female economics teacher made the statement in defence of her decision not to shake hands with men anymore. The fact that she doesn't want to shake hands with men is absolutely not an impediment in the performance of her work, she insisted.

Managers at the Vader Rijn College in Utrecht suspended her last week following her decision made over the summer holiday.

The school referred the issue to the Equality Commission for guidance.

In her statement the woman said: "the fact I don't shake hands with men is absolutely not an indication of less respect. On the contrary, from the perspective of my religion it is an indication of a higher form of reciprocal respect."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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