Noriya AlSebeeh is the only candle of hope in the new (old?) government. She is assigned the responsibility of the most dangerous ministry in my opinion.
The Ministry of Education, as well as, The Teacher’s Society have been hijacked for decades by Islamists; particularly Moslem Brethrens. Their web expands to all vital veins in both institutions. And the confused youth of today is just the product of their long mind-molding strategy. Yet, Noriya is not a stranger to this ministry and she has a reputation of being strict in applying the rules on all, without discrimination; a strong personality that this ministry has long needed at decision-making levels. And I think that the Prime Minister was highly successful in making this choice.
But the question is; will she survive? That’s if this government survived and did not have the same fate as its previous ones, which is more likely the case.
Just few hours after forming the government and disclosing the names of ministers, Islamists like Thawabit Alommah (don’t know who the hell they are) and the joker-MP Altabtabai and his likes, demanded her compliance with the sharee3a in covering her head with a veil when she attends parliament sessions. This demand, they claim, is according to a condition that was attached to the law issued last year, permitting women participation in the political arena. And even though this law does not specify wearing a veil as a condition, but rather complying with Alshareea regarding the general appearance, but the trouble makers made sure to deliver the message to her, and she made sure to reply that she is a Moslem that fears no one but God. Now this message would prove its strength when she appears in the oath ceremony in the parliament with her uncovered hair. But if she wore the veil to please those Islamist, then this is an indication that she had lost the credibility as an official who can make a difference, and that she’s nothing but another head-count.
Now other than the opposition Noriya is facing, and will continue facing by the radicals in the parliament; she also has to deal with higher and middle management in the ministry; a product inherited from the previous Islamic ideologists. And the first thing she did to lessen their blow, was to assure those involved that there won’t be any changes concerning their posts. Noriya realizes very well that her enemies from within the ministry are even fiercer than the ones from without.
Now this ministry is the most problematic of all ministries, it deals with the new generation, the makers of the future of this country. And perceiving this inheritance from all directions, one can see nothing but a complete mess. The level of education, for one, is shamefully low, public schools severely lack expertise in teaching professionals (almost anyone who applies to this post is readily accepted without testing their credentials)*. School curriculums are not set to teach sciences for the purpose of producing scientists and thinkers, but rather for creating more clergymen since each chapter in science books almost always ends with verses of Quran, set to emphasize the idea of creation.
Not to mention Islamic religion courses that is biased to the teachings of the Brethrens’ ideologies, amongst which, promoting jihad and emphasizing the roles of women as housewives in an effort to prepare the generation to accept the ancient style of living under Khaleefat’s reign. And more importantly; not considering the fact that the student’s background differ when it comes to their belief systems, and that enforcing such ideologies contradicted with their teachings at home, which created more sectarianism when students’ trust in school suffered a drastic blow, especially when those students had to repeat and memories what their parents had told them not to be true. Now you can imagine what type of conflicting personalities this system shaped in the youth.
And other than that the system itself is based on the old motawa system of repetition and memorization although science had drastically improved learning processes using psychology and research as well as Net technology to develop the mind instead of just over stressing it with useless information that has no significance in the student’s future career.
This, in addition to other delicate issues such as drug and sex abuse in schools, a matter that needs prompt attention and long term planning strategy based on education, and not on the hush-hush and expulsion (fasl) attitude that escalated the problem instead of solving it (check AlQabas about two days ago).
The Ministry of Education needs sieving and sifting; it needs a long term planning to save the new generation by providing the right education. Just like fighters who are prepared with gears of war, students have to be prepared with proper tools, that allows them to face their problems instead of running away from them and ignoring their existence, as is done now. And although Noreya has no magic wand, and no one is asking her to perform miracles, but she is the most suited person available, and she has the wit and the personality to at least plant the seed of reform. Now; will she be able to withstand the radical pressure? Or would she have enough chance and enough time to fulfill her duties? I guess we only have to wait and see.
Many silent parents have their hearts hung to this hope, and I hope she is strong enough to withstand the Islamic tide that accomplished nothing in schools except destruction. We are in desperate need to save our kids, don’t blow off our only candle.
* She issued a decree to test all applicants, which is a positive point in her favor.