Being A Student in Jordan: 2016 vs 2017
– What Has Changed?
POOR AND DETERIORATING STANDARD IN EDUCATION SYSTEM
The standard of university education has become a major concern to students in Jordan. So much so that many of them are losing interest and motivation in their education.
Students are concerned that there is too much focus in simply passing exams, even though many of them are inadequate or do not allow students to learn about their chosen subject in any detail. More focus has been placed on passing examinations rather than actual learning.
Furthermore, students have also expressed concern with research degrees. Students who have completed these programs of study lack the required research skills. The focus is on financial and promotional reasons rather than quality academic study. Consequently, students are not learning and developing the in-depth subject knowledge as they should.
GOVERNMENT POLICY ON WORK PERMIT
In 2016, students have been permitted to work and attend university at the same time in Jordan, having discovered that the enrolment rate of some Syrian students in the country has declined dramatically. Based on the policy which especially favours Syrians in the country, the government discovered that the largest obstacle to education for many of the Syrian families is poverty and as a result, work permits have been issued to those who are able to work while also continuing with their education.
POOR PLANNING IN SET OF COURSES IN MANY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Another major challenge faced by students is that certain disciplines relating to literature, philosophy, and the arts, and the practice of critical thinking, are not being taught effectively.
PRIVATE AND PUBLIC UNIVERSITY DICHOTOMY
With the current state of affairs, students are becoming increasingly aware of the disparities that exist between public and private universities across the country. While private universities often plan their curriculum around Western standards and instruction is commonly in English, and learning materials encourage openness, critical thinking and creativity, those attending public universities find that the curriculum is more rigid and less relevant to the wider employment market.
Students have expressed concern about an increasing demand for more graduates in private institutions rather than those from public universities. Students have stated that there is a clear preference in terms of employment, with employers favouring privately educated students over those who have attended public universities. Private institutions are more employment-focused, equipping students with the skills that they need to move into the workplace once they graduate.
INCREASE IN SCHOOL FEES
A major challenge faced by many students attending universities in Jordan is the unnecessary increase in school fees. Many students complain of their inability to cope with the increase in their fees. Little support is available from the government and the debts that they have to take out are even higher.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS IN JORDAN
The government of Jordan and other international organisations are consciously making efforts to ensure that all students whether they are residents of the country or from overseas have access to education. Scholarship programs are just one of the many ways in which students can access and continue their studies to achieve a degree qualification in their chosen discipline.