Oral history interview with Fethi Jarray, 2015
Fethi Jarray is assistant professor at the National Institute of Labor and Social Studies at the University of Carthage at Tunis, where he has taught since 1993. In January 2014, he was appointed Minister of Education in Mehdi Jomaa's technocratic government. From 1991 to 1992, he was an expert advisor to the Action Research Center on Race Relations in Montreal. In 1990, he was assistant lecturer at University of Moncton in Canada.
Scope and Contents
Fethi Jarray, Minister of Education in Tunisia's technocratic government, describes the shifting sociopolitical dynamics in Tunisia leading up to and following the ousting of Ben Ali in January 2011. He describes the environment in which the provisional government was formed and discusses his role in this process. He stresses the significance of a new kind of collaborative governance that came into being in Tunisia during this period. He comments on the specific objectives of the Ministry of Education. He enumerates the challenges he faced during his term, relating to a new system of hiring teachers and the extraordinary level of unionization among educators in Tunisia. Finally, he comments on his personal life and background as well as his hopes for the country's future.
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