These parents, a majority, don't want their sons to have women teachers because they fear this will make them more feminine.
Having women teach elementary school lessons is generally seen as a way to reassure children, making the absence of their mother less traumatic. But parents in Qatar fear that their young sons will start imitating the behaviour of the adult teachers, taking on female habits and behaviour if they are not taught by a male teacher. ''Male teachers are the best on all levels of education. Boys have trouble taking on male characteristics with women teaching them,'' said Abu Abul Rahaman, a parent in Qatar, in an interview published by the Qatar newspaper Al-Sharq.(ANSAmed).