Men who have more than one wife will not be eligible for the post of assistant Urdu teachers in schools under the basic education department of Uttar Pradesh. In a notification issued recently, it has been stated that those applying for the post of Urdu teachers should not have more than one wife. Further, female teachers should not be married to a person who has more than one living wife. The state government has decided to recruit 3,500 Urdu teachers before the beginning of the new session. Beside other terms and conditions, the issue of marital status has been specifically clarified in the notification, explaining the eligibility criteria for candidates applying for the post of Urdu assistant teachers. As a result, applicants will have to provide details regarding their marriage status while applying for the job. “Such conditions apply in general for jobs offered in the state. In certain cases they are specified more clearly,” said Grijesh Chaudhary, additional director, basic education department, Agra. Confirming what Chaudhary said, minister of state for basic education Waseem Ahmed, however, added that there were no specific norms for Urdu teachers, according to Hindustan Times.