One-Third of Jordanians Enrolled in Learning Institutes in 2000
A third of Jordan's population were enrolled in learning institutions last year, as the total number of all students exceeded 1.4 million, Jordan Times reported, quoting the department of statistics.
According to the official figures, based on data collected from the education ministry and the higher education Council, the number of students in the elementary and secondary levels increased by two percent during the 1999-2000 scholastic year compared to the year before.
Male-students outnumbered females, 51 percent against 49 percent, which, said the department, reflects the proportional demographic distribution in the Jordanian society.
The statistics, said the daily, also showed that students who enrolled in community colleges and higher education institutions rose by nine percent last year compared to the previous year, around 142,000.
The data also revealed that 60 percent of community college registrants were females, and these constituted only 49 percent of undergraduates in local universities.
Around 71 percent of school students enrolled in public schools, 19 percent joined private schools, and 10 percent studied in UNRWA-run schools, it added.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency-funded schools suffered overcrowded classrooms, with an average of 36 students in each, compared with only 22 students in public schools, and the figure slid to 20 students per room in private schools, according to the daily – Albawaba.com
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