Parliamentary recommendation to provide “Education” with 26 million dinars to end the file of additional education

Amman Today

publish date 2022-01-23 20:27:38

Today, Sunday, the Parliament’s Finance Committee recommended, during its discussion of the Ministry of Education’s budget for the current year, the need to supplement the ministry’s budget with an amount of 26 million dinars to be able to finish the additional education file and find an alternative to it through appointments.

This came during the committee’s meeting today, headed by Muhammad Al-Saudi and in the presence of the Minister of Education, Dr. Wajih Owais, the Secretary-General for Technical and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Najwa Qabilat, and a number of the ministry’s administrators.

At the beginning of the meeting, Owais said that the issue of appointments is one of the most prominent problems facing the ministry, as it needs to appoint more than 10,000 male and female teachers, while the appointments table approved the appointment of only 4,000 jobs.

He pointed out that the ministry is working to fill the shortage of educational cadres through appointments on the additional file, which costs them an annual salary of 24 million dinars, as it gives a teacher or teacher on the additional appointment a salary of 260 dinars per month.

Owais added that the training file is one of the most prominent obstacles facing the ministry, as it currently relies on teacher training and qualification on some universities that have specializations to train new teachers before getting a job.
He announced the Ministry’s intention to establish an integrated training center for teachers within its departments, to become a mainstay for educational cadres in the field.
With regard to the ministry’s budget, Owais confirmed that this year it amounted to one billion and 13 million dinars, noting that the ministry includes 92 thousand male and female teachers within its educational cadres and 20 thousand administrators.

Regarding the shortage in the number of schools, he indicated that the ministry needs more than 600 schools during the next five years, indicating that it is working to cover the shortage by obtaining loans and grants to establish and rent schools.

Regarding the item of vocational education, he said that the ministry spent millions of dinars on him during previous years, “but the problem is that students do not go to this education, and that it is not possible to receive appropriate vocational education within two years,” noting that the ministry is studying the option of raising the period of affiliation to vocational education to more of two years.

For her part, Secretary-General of Technical Affairs Dr. Najwa Qabilat said that the ministry is working to implement the outputs of a strategic plan approved for the years 2018-2022 that included early childhood education and development, access to equality and system strengthening, vocational education, quality and human resources.

She indicated that the ministry reviewed the plan during the last period, as it came within the period of school closure due to the Corona pandemic, and worked to extend it and add the e-learning or blended education clause to the plan.

Qabilat added that the ministry has amended the plans for establishing a number of schools due to the significant increase in the costs of their establishment, and to reduce them to half of the required amounts, noting that the percentage of rented government schools does not exceed 9 percent.

In her response to the deputies’ inquiries, she stressed that there was no decision to close the classrooms affiliated with the Learning Difficulties Program, pointing out that what was closed was due to the lack of a teacher to work those classrooms.

The Chairman of the Finance Committee, Muhammad Al-Saudi, stressed the need to exploit any foreign funds or grants to establish schools, calling on the ministry to move away from the establishment of large and high-cost schools and to replace them with schools with small spaces and multiple classrooms to be able to take advantage of grants and loans to establish the largest number of schools.

During their interventions and discussions, the deputies stressed the importance of supporting the budget of the Ministry of Education, as it presents a lofty message in graduating generations armed with science and knowledge, to be reflected on the ground through the spread of schools and the increase in the number of teaching and administrative cadres in them.

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