Parents & students: preserve medicine & dentistry admissions amidst 70% cut

Students protest demand more medical seats, oppose reduction 1
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AMMAN — Parents and high school students for the current year are urging the Higher Education Council to maintain the same number of admissions for medicine and dentistry programs as last year. They have appealed to the Higher Education Council to reverse the reduction in admissions to medicine programs, decreasing from 2,200 last year to 640 this year, marking a 70 percent reduction.اضافة اعلان

The Higher Education Council initiated a gradual timeframe to reduce the number of students accepted into medical disciplines (medicine, dentistry, doctor of pharmacy, and pharmacy) in public universities, starting from the 2022-2023 academic year, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

This move aimed to reach the maximum allowable limit for the number of students accepted, based on the absorptive capacity dedicated to each discipline. However, this year, the Higher Education Council decided to slash the number of students accepted in medical specialties

Former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Wajih Owais, supports gradual reductions to preserve opportunities for top-performing students and deter emigration for studies abroad. However, there was pressure last year, leading to around 10,000 students being accepted, violating capacity limits set by accreditation bodies.

Meanwhile, Former president of the University of Jordan, Khleif Tarawneh, highlights concern about overcrowded classrooms in medical disciplines, which once accommodated a maximum of 5 students, now potentially impacting teaching quality. Additionally, the rising unemployment rate among medicine degree holders is attributed to the market's inability to absorb large numbers of graduates.

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