After a heated parliamentary session Nov. 16, Iranian lawmakers refused to present a vote of confidence to Masoud Fayyazi, who had been proposed by hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi to run Iran’s Education Ministry.
The 46-year-old conservative jurisprudence professional fell quick by 16 votes of the required threshold of approval from half of the 260 current lawmakers.
The vote got here as little shock. It was preceded by an inside assembly of the parliament’s Education Committee the place Fayyazi’s nomination was rejected over his “lack of experience.”
“He has not even worked as a principal at a small primary school in the remotest towns and is [thus] incapable of sorting out the educational system’s problems,” mentioned conservative parliamentarian Jalil Rahimi forward of the vote. The assertion echoed rising considerations concerning the nominee’s “incompetence” already raised by different politicians, critics and academics.
A minimal five-year educating expertise is required by Iranian regulation for the place of a college principal. With such a rule strictly utilized to bold academics, many Iranians questioned how within the absence of the wanted background, Fayyazi had nonetheless been proposed by the president.
In a last-minute tackle to parliament, Raisi tried in useless to avoid wasting his choose, declaring that Fayyazi had crushed some 20 different contenders.
A former deputy of the Iranian Parliament’s Research Center, Fayyazi is believed to have acted as one of many key architects of a contentious invoice geared toward imposing extreme curbs on Iran’s social media.
Across these very social media platforms, the Fayyazi nomination additionally stirred up a parallel debate on favoritism. Many identified his household association with Alireza Zakani, Tehran’s hard-line mayor and an in depth ally of the president.
The no-confidence vote marked a impasse over the destiny of the very important Education Ministry place, which has remained vacant since Raisi’s inauguration in August. After the voting session, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf suggested the Iranian president to promptly provide you with his new nominee.
Whoever turns into the following schooling minister, they should brace for a large number of challenges. The pandemic-hit nation has seen its faculties almost completely shut for nearly 20 months, throughout which the poor infrastructure for the choice on-line studying scheme has uncovered critical deficiencies.
Next to that, the brand new schooling minister might be overwhelmed with collected calls for expressed in current nationwide sit-ins by hundreds of academics, whose livelihood is being relentlessly squeezed by strains of Iran’s sanctions-hit, battered financial system.