Syrian Students Cost Jordan JOD250m Annually

تم نشره في Sun 28 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Muhammad Thneibat (C) - (Petra)

AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Muhammad Thneibat, on Saturday, said Jordan bears a staggering JOD250 million every year in direct and indirect costs for accommodating more than 145 thousand Syrian students at public schools. In addition to the 145 thousand students already at public schools, another 50 thousand Syrian students will be enrolled in the new 2016/2017 academic year, the minister told an interview with the Associated Press.

Thneibat said his ministry built around 5 thousand classrooms whose cost amount to a massive USD600 million to accommodate the growing number of Syrian students and sought to train teachers and appoint more staff. The minister urged the international community to extend more support to Jordan which handles this burden on behalf of the whole world and called on donor nations to fulfil the pledges they made at a Syrian refugee conference held in London earlier this year.