How to become a successful minister

تم نشره في Mon 19 May / May 2014. 09:34 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 19 May / May 2014. 09:34 AM

By Fahed Khitan

Before being an education minister, minister Dr. Mohammed Dhunaibat headed the Ministry of Administrative Development under its different names for six years in several governments.

He was undoubtedly a prominent name in those governments, and his presence has been associated with a political role rather than that of a technocrat, as a figure close to the Muslim Brotherhood; thus was how his terms as minister were explained.

Dhunaibat worked on the file of administrative reform, but his impact was limited, and does not compare to what he is currently achieving in the ministry of education, despite his short-term.

When he took the Ministry of Education, many wondered: What is the relationship between the administrative expert and the problems of the curriculum, schools, exams, and the Tawjihi? But after a few weeks of taking office, Dhunaibat performance began to draw attention.

As much as the Tawjihi was test of thousands of students, it was a test of the ability of the minister to restore the prestige and status of this important stone in the educational process. He has exceeded his success in the exam with the success of excelling students; he achieved important milestones when he fought a fierce battle to enforce the law, and the fight against fraud, and the farce of leaking the questions that were repeated in the past few years, and raised the credibility of the Tawjihi high.

Then it turned out that the minister broader and more comprehensive reform programs of the system of education, beyond the issue of the Tawjihi itself; curriculum development for the foundation classes, and meet the challenge of illiteracy with school students, restore the prestige of the teacher, and to address the phenomenon of trading exams questions, especially during the Tawjihi.

More importantly, the firm will to implement these programs entirety without giving in to the pressures of social forces benefiting from the chaos, and centers of influence in the bureaucratic apparatus of the state.

His work was not just words and promises, but concrete and quick steps; it became possible to measure the impact within a short period of time.

Dhunaibat still has a lot to do; the catastrophes that befell the ministry of education were accumulated over many years, and cannot be overcome in a year or two. However, his experience has shown that the administrator can make a difference in performance in a short time, and like some ministers who have failed and claimed they were not given adequate opportunity to achieve their programs, even while some of those sat on the throne of the ministry for years.

What is striking about Dhunaibat experience is related to the Jordanian public in general; he is not, as claimed by the elites, nihilistic and negative who does not see except for the empty half of the cup. As  - with the exception of a few of those affected by the policy of the minister - the majority of Jordanians stood by him, and supported him in the action taken to safeguard the reputation of the Tawjihi, illiteracy in schools, and uphold the teacher. It is also the same stance taken by the media.

This kind of reforms is felt by the citizens and is directly reflected on their lives, which is what is being demanded by the majority of Jordanians. People aspire to see the difference in the services provided to them; whether it be in education, health, or water.

To be fair, the government Dr. Abdullah Ensour has a limited number of service sector ministers who think and act the way Dhunaibat does; municipalities , water and public works, for example, and the rest we only hear from them promises and complaints about pressures.

Dhunaibat experience offers a simple and easy recipe for everyone who wants to succeed in a ministerial position. The man has in fact put together a guide that can be followed, and the result is guaranteed: The support and respect of the people, and correcting their situation.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.