King briefed on gov’t program to implement economic vision in education

His Majesty King Abdullah is briefed on the government’s program to implement the Economic Modernization Vision in education during a meeting at Al-Husseiniya Palace attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday was briefed on the government’s program to implement the Economic Modernization Vision in education at a meeting attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, according to a Royal Court statement.اضافة اعلان

During the meeting, held at Al-Husseiniya Palace, King Abdullah highlighted the need to focus on the quality of education and invest in qualified Jordanian human resources to advance the sector and keep up with modern teaching methods.

His Majesty called for moving ahead with teacher training in line with the ongoing process of developing curricula, especially for the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi).

The King urged stepping up efforts to adopt the latest technology in education, in order to move into blended learning and avoid any disruptions in the future under any circumstances.

His Majesty also called for identifying the reasons behind learning loss to come up with suitable solutions.

The King underscored the need to encourage the private sector to contribute to plans to expand kindergartens.

Speaking at the meeting, Crown Prince Hussein stressed the importance of focusing on training teachers and honing their skills as a key priority, calling for continuing efforts to develop vocational training to meet labor market needs.

The prince also urged adopting careful criteria for selecting locations to build new schools, taking into account providing a suitable learning environment.

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh highlighted the education sector’s main priorities within modernization across all its tracks, focusing on the importance of bolstering vocational education, enhancing kindergartens, and expanding teacher training.

Education and Higher Education Minister Azmi Mahafzah outlined the sector’s priorities for 2023, including kindergarten second level universalization, and developing curricula for the first level of kindergarten.

The sector’s priorities also include developing the ICT infrastructure for education, continuing to enhance and digitize the curricula, focusing on teacher training, bolstering technical and vocational education, compensating learning loss, and attracting expatriate students.

The minister said the Economic Modernization Vision is geared towards increasing vocational enrolment by 5 percent each year to reach 20 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2027.

Mahafzah also spoke about blended learning and efforts to promote good governance and bolster capacity building, stressing that the vision calls for public-private partnerships to enhance education.

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