It is good to see education attract so much public and media attention. This interest in public schools, curricula, and university education should be culminated and built upon.
We are talking about our future, the future of our generation; the future of every Jordanian household and citizen.
On the side of the Ministry of Education’s efforts, I would like to highlight a few issues for the Minister, Dr Omar Razzaz, as a contribution.
First, despite the hot debate, between supporters and proponents of the reforms and the ideas we’ve been hearing about on the Twjihi examination platform, most of us, citizens, know very little about the ongoing development.
How are they going to be implemented? What are they exactly? What drives these reforms? Why? And what are their objectives?
On that, the Minister would say that these reforms have not yet been finalised. The Minister and his crew are still brainstorming.
However, it is important that this debate is takes place in public, and that the aspects of these reformed, however immature, must be clarified. It is vital that this dialogue is centred in the professional public sphere, including respective institutions and bodies as well.
Before anything is decided, everybody must be included in the precursor process, in order for the outcomes to be consensual and mature.
So far, Minister Razzaz has not discussed these reforms publically. He let the public randomly engage the topic in a giddy debate, without an accurate depiction on the underway reforms.
Hopefully, the Minister will realise this and soon engage the public by announcing his ideas, so as not to fall under the mercy of the ruthlessness of the media’s or the public. The Minister’s cause cannot afford it!
The system, outlined once by the former Minister of Education, Dr Mohammad Thunaibat, for private schools; what happened to it?
Dr Thunaibat’s plan was intended to control the senseless fluctuation in tuition fees.
More so, I had written before on the variety of accredited international programmes; IB, IG, and Sat, there are thousands enrolled in these programmes. These platforms are as effective and proficient as they are expensive, but they are not as exclusive as they once were.
The issue with high school graduates of these programmes is that there is a very limited quota for them at Jordanian universities. And it is unfair for those students and their families who paid fortunes to give their sons and daughters a decent, advantageous education.
Similarly, instead of helping these students enrol in Jordanian universities and enhance the quality of their inputs, the Ministry seems to be making it more difficult for them!
Many Jordanian students are enrolled in these programmes; they are no longer exclusive to the upper class who could enrol their children in western universities.
A considerable portion of the middle class can afford these qualitative and distinguished programmes. There sons and daughters should not be denied an equal chance at a university education!
The former Minister did indeed set the wheels of the underway transformation in motion. He began the internal review of the international accreditation panel.
Hopefully, Razzaz will carry Thunaibat’s plan through and fix this major imbalance.
This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.