Schools that reached full capacity register new students on waiting lists

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Students line up at a school in Amman. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Education had its directorates register students, newly transferred to public schools on waiting lists, in schools that have reached full student capacity and suffer from overcrowding, according to the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education for Administrative and Financial Affairs Najwa Qbilat.اضافة اعلان

Qbilat said that while registration is open to students wishing to transfer to public schools, schools that reached full capacity may register students on waiting lists, keeping a record of the students’ guardian’s contact number.

According to Qbilat, schools are overcrowded especially in Qweismeh, Marka, Qasbah Amman, Qasbah Az-Zarqa al-Um, and Ruseifa. There are also some rented schools with small classroom capacity, which cannot accommodate large numbers of students.

Qbilat said that the Directorate of Education will institute the shift system and that students on waiting lists will be guided to schools selected by the ministry in locations that suit them.

According to international standards, 1.9sq.m. of classroom should be allocated per student, Qbilat said, adding that last year the ministry had to reduce that to 1sq.m. and “this year we went down to 0.7sq.m. per student, and there is also overcrowding”.

Qbilat said that during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, more than 200,000 students moved from private schools to public schools. Therefore, the ministry used distance education and the rotation system, now suspended.

This year Qbilat said, “it is a must to ensure that students are not deprived of the possibility to transfer to public schools, within the capabilities of the ministry”.

As for the mechanism of selection of schools to receive new students, Qbilat said that the ministry’s planning department will assess which are the most appropriate schools to accommodate more students.

At the same time, since the rotation system is not appropriate after the COVID-19 pandemic, returning to daily attendance is necessary, and “the best practical solution is to work morning and evening shifts to accommodate the new students”.

Um Rashid, whose son is in the third grade in a public school in Madaba, said that “the number of students is large compared to the classroom space; moreover, the issue is not only classroom space, but school facilities and teachers’ attention, which is less when the number of students is large”.

Um Rashid added that she has no choice for her son but the same public school he was enrolled in last year, as it is the closest to home, “and the high fees of private schools, even for the first grades, make it a difficult choice”.

Khawla, a teacher in a public school, told Jordan News that migration from private to public schools has caused overcrowding, especially due to the pandemic, and schools can only accommodate a certain number of student.

 Khawla added that the student has the right to be in a public school because he is a Jordanian citizen with a national number, but schools began accepting students without taking into account their rights, “which was reflected in the educational process, as the teacher became unable to give each student his full right “.

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