Her Majesty’s Promise

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Tue 6 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Tue 6 September / Sep 2016. 10:36 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

Let us leap 10 years forward in time, to the first week of the first school semester of the year 2016… we will find Jordan among the top 10 countries in international examination performance. This is Her Majesty’s summary of the ambitious plan announced the day before last by the National Committee of Human Resources Development on education in Jordan.

This ambition stands promise by the Queen on the future of education in our Country, which has over the years become a primary source of concern and worry among citizens, and tops their priorities. More so, it has become one of the largest sources of financial waste to a variety of segments within the Jordanian middle class, which has resorted to private schooling after education deteriorated in Jordan.

Boldly, the Queen outlined the dangerous perils that threaten education, and all Jordanians; She provided terrifying indices on the level and quality of education in Jordan. She decided to confront, not evade, which is exactly what we need, and what our officials lack, in most fields, unfortunately. The moment addressing the deformations and short handedness in the system begins, up comes the resistance, and people will start fighting of change and progress.

Yes, Jordan was once advanced in public education, our only “oil”, or as the Queen said, the treasure buried in the depths of our youth’s minds. But let’s be honest; we have taken a massive fall, favouring quantity over quality, and because conservative to change and keeping up with the world. Our curriculum and education systems have been fused, between obsolete and new but ineffective methods. The result was that we have fallen back from Arab states that were once way behind.

Public education is periled, and so is higher education. The indices brought up by the Queen are very dangerous, but they are no secret. The current education minister Dr Mohammad Thunaibat is the one who tolled the bells of alarm when he spoke about the rates of illiteracy among school students. Before that Dr Adnan Bakhit, and other educationists and leaders of the sector in Jordan, staking openly that university education is slipping into the abyss. No one heard.

The day before yesterday, Her Majesty’s promise was a glimmer of hope in the darkness. For the first time we hear this kind of talk on the highest levels of honesty and clarity; scientific and researched confrontation of our reality, announcing the beginning of change and a new era for us all.

The most important thing is that these plans are translated into qualitative serious steps in reality, to develop the school’s infrastructure, and confront the intensifying pressures of increased spending on public schools. Additionally, we need to keep in mind the importance of developing tutors and teachers, which is unattainable without the betterment of their social and economic status.

Education is a national priority, stated the Queen. More so, it is the top priority for Jordan. It is the future, and it is upon the current Prime Minister Dr Hani Mulqi’s top responsibilities, over his expected renewal of appointment after the new representative elections for 4 more years. We hope he gets reinstated, so that the works so far are not suspended. And we all need to work together to apply the necessary pressure to see the education reformation strategy implemented.