Egyptian teachers syndicate denounces court decision to dissolve its board

Ahram Online, Monday 31 Mar 2014

Statement from the syndicate for Egyptian teachers says that a court order to place the syndicate under judicial supervision flouts article 77 of the new constitution

The syndicate for Egyptian teachers has issued a statement denouncing Monday's decision by a Cairo court to dissolve its board and place it under judicial supervision.

The syndicate's statement said that Monday's ruling by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters violates article 77 of the country's newly amended constitution, which bans the enforcement of any trusteeship on syndicates.

The syndicate added that it has already taken the necessary legal procedure to halt the implementation of the court order.

Article 77 stipulates that the board of directors of any syndicate can't be dissolved by a court verdict. It also bans imposing receivership on syndicates.

Earlier this year, a syndicate member filed a request for the syndicate to be put under judicial supervision, its board dissolved and an interim board be appointed by the education minister.

The request was made because the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated board included members facing trial for inciting violence.

Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, thousands of Brotherhood members have been arrested on various charges, including incitement of violence.

The last syndicate put under judicial supervision was the engineering syndicate.

Prior to the January 2011 revolution, a court verdict ended the system of judicial supervision under which the syndicate’s elections were suspended for 15 years.

However, the supervision order was only revoked after the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.


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