Public school fees exempted by Royal gesture

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Education is exempting Jordanian and Syrian students in government schools nationwide from paying annual school fees for the academic year 2021–2022.اضافة اعلان

Education Ministry Secretary General Najwa Qubeilat said that the ministry, under a makruma (Royal gesture) from His Majesty King Abdullah, had received the school fees for this year, according to Al-Rai daily.

Regarding school textbooks, the cost for which are included in the fees, Qubeilat said that all the books have been delivered to the ministry's warehouses and will be distributed immediately.

Public school teachers, staff, and parents have expressed gratitude for the school fee exemption, which totals JD3.15 per student not including textbooks.

Basemah Abu Awwad, a teacher at a public primary school in Amman, said in a phone interview with Jordan News that the exemption helps alleviate the difficult economic circumstances parents are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This exemption has definitely had a positive impact on students and their parents, as well as on Syrian students, who received the same treatment as Jordanian students,” the teacher said.

According to Abu Awwad, for a number of years, the ministry has exempted Jordanian and Syrian students, as well as (non-Jordanian) students who are children of Jordanian mothers from annual school fees.

 “We have not paid anything this year, and my daughter has received her books for free,” the mother of an eighth-grade student told Jordan News.
“The annual donations stands at JD4 per student, and the exemption will definitely help parents with limited income, or those who have three or four kids at school,” she said.

A secretary working at a public school for 11th and 12th-graders in Amman, who preferred not to be named, said that the school at which she works hat not yet received an official statement from the ministry regarding the fee exemption.

“Every year, we receive an official letter that exempts all students from school fees; however, we have not yet received such a letter this year,” she said.

Most Jordanian students are required to purchase their school textbooks.

Syrian refugee students and Jordanian students whose fathers have been medically discharged from the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army are exempted from any book and school fees, the secretary explained.

Furthermore, all primary school children are exempt from fees, she said.
The mechanism under which students are exempted from paying school fees are specified under Royal makruma.

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