Residence and certification requirements of Jordanians studying in Turkey clarified

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AMMAN — Residence and certification requirements for Jordanian students studying in Turkey and wishing to return and join local academic institutions, were discussed and clarified by the Parliamentary Education and Youth Committee in its meeting with the Ministry of Education recently.اضافة اعلان

Other issues discussed during the meeting included schools covered by the government’s “less fortunate” program and university seats allocated to the previous academic year’s high school graduates who had applied to retake exams to raise their academic scores.

The committee’s rapporteur MP Atta Ibdah, told Jordan News that a new law concerning students studying abroad issued by the Ministry of Education (MoE), has been effective since January 17 this year.

“The most prominent feature of this law is that students are subject to a proficiency test following their return, in addition to a condition that they stay two years in the country in which they studied, and also includes a year of language studies,” the MP added. 

Ibdah said that students who studied in the period prior to January 17 will have certificates earned abroad certified as equal to local certificates based on criteria that applied to their former colleagues. 

Ibdah explained that these proposals have been submitted to the stakeholders in the MoE, but the decision ultimately rests with the ministry, suggesting that all these proposals will be accepted, explaining that there are promises from the MoE to accept the proposals. 

Families of high school students studying in Turkey had organized a protest sit-in on Sunday in front of the ministry building. 

Last week, the MoE received requests for equivalency certification of Turkish certificates (Tawjihi). The Ministry clarified that it will validate these certificates according to the regulations and instructions in force at the time of a students’ enrolment in those schools, if the necessary conditions required for equivalency certification are met. 

The ministry confirmed that if the equivalency committee considers it necessary to verify the validity of some of the documents submitted by the student for equivalency certification, a provisional certificate will be granted until the validity of that information is verified. 

Ibdah said that the committee had also discussed the percentage of seats allocated by royal assistance to tribe members. It also recommended raising the success rate of schools included in the royal assistance and those covered by the government’s “less fortunate” program to 40 percent, instead of 30 percent, and that every student with a 65 high school average should qualify for entry.   

With regard to high school students from the previous year who took the exam again in order to raise their grades, the committee suggested that they reapply to compete with this year’s graduated students for 15 percent of the total university seats available, the MP said. “With the exception of students who already won academic seats last year, but retook the exam this year in order to raise their grades,” he clarified. 

The number of students who retook the Tawjihi exam from last year’s (2020-2021) batch who got grades above 95 percent numbered 3000, 1200 of them applied to enter medicine and dentistry schools. They had sought to improve their grades in order to transfer from one university to another. The total number of the current year’s students who scored in the 95 percentile numbered just 1500. 

During the meeting, MP Bilal Al-Momani, head of the parliamentary committee, stressed that their work aims to  support  students and provide them with creative ways they can enhance their educational environment at its various stages.

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