Iran Education Ministry Gets New Chief

Iran Education Ministry Gets New Chief

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Parliament approved Reza Morad Sahraee as the new minister of education.

The Iranian legislators on Tuesday debated the qualifications of Sahraee as the proposed nominee to lead the Ministry of Education.

Sahraee, 47, took office with 167 votes in favor, 86 against, and 14 abstentions.

The former minister, Yousef Noori, resigned in April after widespread discontent at a delay in the payment of salaries for teachers at the end of the last Persian year in March.

A ministerial nominee needs 50 percent plus one vote to win the vote of confidence from the Parliament.

In a meeting with a number of teachers from across the country on May 2, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei criticized the Ministry of Education for its unstable management of affairs, saying, "A large organization like this will be harmed by the way it is continuously changing ministers, especially because such a change sometimes results in the change of deputies, middle managers and even school principals.”

The Leader also underlined the need to adapt the structure, content and education curriculum to the needs of the country, adding that the country needs skilled workers as much as it needs scholars and scientists.

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