6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

 

Jordan has realized the importance of education in terms of ensuring that all children are enrolled in school and focusing on the quality and diversity of education. The GoJ has translated this into specific education policies and working programmes that have ranked Jordan well on the regional and international education map. It can also be argued that education policies have aimed at achieving the following goals:


• Provide access to education for all school-age children as a fundamental right, compulsory and free of charge as enshrined under articles 6 and 20 of the Constitution. Following the Jomtien/Thailand Conference Declaration on ‘Education for All’ in 1990 Jordan extended the compulsory education term to ten instead of nine years. Furthermore the former elementary and preparatory cycles/levels were merged to form a tenyear basic education level that is compulsory and free in public schools;

• Develop quality education through ongoing programmes that address the teaching/learning environment, school curricula and learning resources – particularly employing modern education technologies. Such development also includes teacher training programmes and diversified and targeted education programmes to address students’ needs and aptitudes as well as socio-economic development requirements;

• Achieve equity and equality in the education system through guided programmes and procedures focusing on a standardized level of education services across regions. Eliminate gender disparities and offering special programmes for talented students, as well as for slow learners and students with disabilities; and

• Improve internal and external efficiency levels of the education system by reducing repetition and dropout rates (internal efficiency), and fostering the correlation between educational outputs and the needs of the labour market and socio-economic development (matching).

1.28 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men