Photos by Raouf Mohseni, Mehr News Agency
May 2nd is Teachers Day in Iran
Mohammad Gheiassi is a distinguished math teacher at Marvi high school in Tehran. He's been teaching for 49 years now, and at 72 he is still going strong. He enjoys teaching and he breathes for it: "The nights that I know I'm going to school the next day, I'm happy. When I'm sitting at home, I'm down and feel sick. And every time that I come to class, I thank God," Mr. Gheiassi said during an interview conducted by Fahimeh Sadat Tabatabaei.
In 1994 Mr. Gheiassi was retired, against his will. But he continued teaching even though he faces many obstacles. In one case, he had to convince the education officials that he wasn't after getting paid and that he just wanted to do this out of his love of the profession.
He ended the interview by saying: "Why does the government think a retired person is like a dead tree? Why indeed? This is nothing but a very big weakness for the government. Why the education ministry doesn't use the potentials of the retired teachers who are interested to teach?"
Read the interview (in Persian) with Mr. Gheiassi conducted by Fahimeh Sadat Tabatabaei
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