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Education

Jordan has given good attention to education in particular.

It is ranked 18th in the world according to UNESCO, and first in the Arab world.

Despite strained resources, the Ministry of Education developed highly advanced national curriculum and many other nations in the region have developed their education system using Jordan as a model.

The Jordanian Ministry of Education is now making it mandatory for students to be computer literate and able to apply their studies in computers to their regular studies, most especially the scientific and mathematical courses.

Its educational system is of international standards and its secondary education program is accepted in world-class universities.

Basic Education:
Basic Education is a 10-year compulsory level of education. Study books are standard books distributed by the Ministry of Education.

Schools in Jordan have two main categories, public and private.

The private education sector accommodates more than 70% of the student population in the capital of Jordan, Amman.

This sector is still heavily taxed, up to 25%++, although it takes a high burden off the government of the Kingdom, which makes school fees relatively high, starting at $1000, and going up to $7000.

These values for private education fees are extremely high when compared to the average family income; that stated, it should be noted that Jordanians are one of the most passionate communities towards giving their children a decent education, which places a high burden on family budgeting.

Secondary Education
Students in this education level are required to take 9 subjects; Arabic, English, History, Jordanian Studies(including Citizenship), Geography, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

Islamic studies are also mandatory for all students however it is not required for Christian students.

The Secondary Education level consists of two years' study for students aged 16 to 18 who have completed the basic cycle (10 years) and comprises two major tracks:

* 1- Secondary education, which can either be academic or vocational. At the end of the two-year period, students sit for the general secondary examination (Tawjihi) in the appropriate branch and those who pass are awarded the Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate).

The academic stream qualifies students for entrance to universities, whereas the vocational or technical type qualifies for entrance to Community Colleges or universities or the job market, provided they pass the two additional subjects.

* 2- Vocational secondary education,

which provides intensive vocational training and apprenticeship, and leads to the award of a Certificate (not the Tawjihi).

This type of education is provided by the Vocational Training Corporation, under the control of the Ministry of Labour / Technical and Vocational Education and Training Higher Council.

Higher Education

Access to higher education is open to holders of the General Secondary Education Certificate who can then choose between private Community Colleges, public Community Colleges or universities (public and private).

The credit-hour system, which entitles students to select courses according to a study plan, is implemented at universities.

At present, there are:

* 8 public universities o plus 2 newly- licensed ones
* 13 private universities o plus 4 newly- licensed ones
All post-secondary education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The Ministry includes the Higher Education Council and the Accreditation Council.

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