89% of Syrian students enroll in Gov’t schools

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AMMAN — The Global Development Research Center (GDRC) has reported that government policies addressing the challenges of refugee influx in the education sector have effectively mitigated potential negative impacts on Jordanian students, as per Khaberni. The center stated that 89 percent of Syrian students are enrolled in government schools in Jordan, with the government implementing various measures to integrate them into the public school system and provide free education.اضافة اعلان

According to the GDRC study titled "The Impact of Syrian Refugees on the Education of Jordanian Students in Government Schools," there have been no significant impacts of Syrian refugees on the educational outcomes of Jordanians. This is assumed to be due to the government's response, which has contributed to mitigating any potential negative impact of Syrian arrivals.

With assistance from UNICEF, some schools have been established in refugee camps, and several schools have been converted to double-shift schools to accommodate Syrian students, a policy supported by donor funding.

As a result of this policy, more than half of Syrian students have been accommodated in the evening shift of double-shift schools, while nearly four-fifths of Jordanian students remain in single-shift schools. Additionally, approximately four percent of Syrian students are in the single-shift system, while only five percent of Jordanians are in the evening shift in double-shift schools.

Jordan's official policy aims to integrate most Syrian children into public schools, although there are restrictions as priority is given to Jordanians for registration. Syrians are also required to obtain a service card to document their refugee status for registration. Furthermore, Syrians who are more than three years behind the expected age for their grade level are not allowed to enroll in the main official system.

Despite these obstacles, many Syrians have found the registration process to be easy and quick, facing no challenges. Enrollment rates among Syrians have returned to pre-conflict levels by 2016.

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