Iran Majlis debates proposed education minister’s qualifications

A view of Iran Majlis

Iranian lawmakers have debated the qualifications of Mohammad Ali Najafi whom President Hassan Rouhani has nominated as education minister.

“If Iran’s education sector’s teachers are satisfied with Mr. Najafi’s performance, that’s because of his activities during the past 10 to 15 years in office. His proposed activities will bear fruit in the future” Mohammad Qassem Osmani, pro-nominee lawmaker said on Monday.

“The Ministry of Education is an important ministry. It is the center of Islamic upbringing in an Islamic society and holds 11 million students and the cultural elite but unfortunately despite Mr. Najafi’s efforts during his eight-year tenure as education minister, there were also some flaws. Under Mr. Najafi, change in the education system started from bottom to top. He also ignored a wider plan to change the content of textbooks,” Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, anti-nominee lawmaker said.

Najafi was Iran’s education minister during the administrations of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from 1989 to 1997.

Najafi was also scrutinized for his alleged support for rioters in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election. He is accused of keeping silent and even endorsing the then presidential candidates who claimed the vote had been rigged.

Iranian parliamentarians will continue debates over President Rouhani’s proposed education minister on Tuesday.

Iran’s Majlis began the confirmation hearing for the proposed ministers on Monday, debating whether or not to give a vote of confidence to the nominees introduced by Rouhani.

Addressing lawmakers at the start of the session, Rouhani elaborated on the general policies of his administration.

He stressed that to tackle the current problems his administration will focus on two main goals; firstly, overcoming international challenges, and secondly, diversifying income resources and allocate them in an appropriate manner.

Iran’s president unveiled the proposed list of nominees for his Cabinet during his inauguration ceremony on August 4 in Majlis.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei endorsed Rouhani for a four-year term in office as Iran’s new president in a ceremony on August 3.

Rouhani won the June 14 presidential election with 50.7 percent of a total of more than 36 million ballots. Voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent.

By Press TV

 

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