Governorate during a lecture organized by the International Affairs Association (social networking sites)

The Jordanian Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Azmi Muhafza, said that there are students in the tenth grade in the country’s schools who do not know how to read or write.

During a lecture at the International Affairs Society, yesterday, Tuesday, entitled “Education in Jordan: Reality and Aspirations,” the minister attributed the reason to the policy of preventing the expulsion of students from basic education, saying, “Students remain in schools even if they do not read or write.”

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Muhafaza explained that the education system allows a student to fail a grade for one year, meaning that he repeats the school year only twice, then moves on to the next grade, which results in students reaching the tenth grade who do not know how to read or write, according to what Jordanian newspapers published on Tuesday.

He explained that he personally learned of the presence of these students in schools after conducting an international study, the report of which stated the presence of students who cannot read or write.

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The minister stressed that education in Jordan is currently facing the problem of Westernization, saying, "We are witnessing a Westernization of education. Some students do not speak Arabic. Anyone who has children or grandchildren in schools sees that the children no longer speak Arabic."

The governorate revealed high rates of school dropout, which after the Corona pandemic (Covid-19) reached about 25% all over the world.

In 2016, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced that 80% of students in the second and third grades of primary school in Jordan read and write below the required level.

According to experts, this phenomenon is not limited to Jordan only. In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics in the United States announced that 64% of fourth-grade students in the United States read and write below the level expected for their age or the standards of their school grades.

Source: Al Jazeera + Jordanian press + social networking sites