Media graduates campaign for employment opportunities

Activists decry gov’t policy prioritizing non-experts

The report identified a rate of 50 percent unemployment among youth. It also showed that less than 15 percent of Jordanian women in the country were employed in 2019, compared to a rate of 34 percent
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A group of unemployed fresh graduates specialized in media launched a campaign that objects to and condemns a July 30 government decision to allow and give priority to non-media graduates to teach media subjects at schools and universities. The decision, activists say, will contribute to their unemployment.اضافة اعلان

Bashar Qashaam, one of the campaigners, told Jordan News that “it is our right to find jobs, especially in light of the difficult economic circumstances facing the country. Unemployment rates are rising, s are poverty rates.” Some of the activists graduated as many as five years ago and have yet to find a job, he added.

“It is our right to teach this subject,” he said, underlining that businesses in the sector require prior experience.

Qashaam stressed that “our opposition is peaceful, we are not looking to any aggressive act in the near future. Our only option is organizing a protest if no one responds to our demands.”

“For now, we have promised by MPs and high rankings officials that they will fulfill our demands,” the campaigner said.

Sami Qadi, another activist, told Jordan News that “we demand the government to be fair about this matter. We are more qualified for this job than teachers from other educational disciplines.”

Qadi lamented previous governments’ lack of commitment to appointing media graduates to teach media classes at schools and universities despite their agreement that “we are the most efficient at this, and it helps to reduce unemployment”.

“We, as journalism and media graduates, are waiting for a response after addressing our demands to many officials from the Ministry of Education, the Lower House of Parliament, the minister of state for media affairs, the director of the Media Authority, and every decision maker,” the activist said.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Sakher Dudin, the government spokesperson, during a June 30 seminar at the University of Petra announced that “media education” will become a basic subject taught at Jordanian schools.

Dudin, who is also the government spokesperson, said during the seminar that the government contracted with the Jordan Media Institute to train 3,000 teachers to teach media education.

Despite several attempts by Jordan News, the minister was not immediately available for comment on the graduates’ campaign.

For his part, MP Saleh Armouti told Jordan News that “I asked a question of the speaker of the Lower House of Parliament regarding teaching the subject of media education in schools, and if it is true that the government contracted the Jordan Media Institute to train 3,000 teachers (who do not hold a media degree) to teach this subject in schools.”

Armouti added that he had not yet received a response to his question, and that he would raise the issue during the next ordinary session of Parliament.
“I will follow up this issue because it is an important matter that we should not be ignoring,” he concluded.

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