The government may brag about how great education is in Jordan compared to the wonderful Arab world, always ready to quote our high literacy rates, but every Jordanian is aware of the disastrous situation of our educational system. From lack of teachers, all of whom are under paid and many of whom can be deemed unqualified, to the tawjihi system, to the crumbling walls of public schools all over the kingdom. And so on and so forth.
The source of the problem in my opinion can be broken down into two categories: one, is the unwillingness for the Ministry of Education (or government for that matter) to admit there is a problem in the first place, thus an unwillingness to do anything about it, and two, a lack of resources being diverted into the education sector.
It wasn’t until today when I opened up the Jordan Times that I saw an alternative to the crisis. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company set up a 300,000JD e-school project.
“…which is equipping 16 schools in the Kingdom with computers and providing the necessary training to English and maths teachers. The company has opened four training centres in the country for this purpose.” [Jordan Times]
So lets privative the public school system. Math books sponsored by Lays. The computer departments run by Coca-Cola, which of course will be in direct competition with Pepsi who’ll run the science departments; the former vying to produce the best computer engineers to leave the latter’s scientists in the dust. Future software engineers educated by Microsoft. Economics taught by Citigroup and future writers and poets educated by Random House Publishing.
Teachers salaries paid for by Mercedes, including a car.
A McDonalds renovated public school with a giant golden arch on every one.
A KFC Zinger Supreme for every student, every day.
Tommy Hilfiger uniforms.
Flat screen TVs by Sony.
Millions and millions of JDs pouring into the education sector. Companies instilling a sense of Darwinian corporate competition, where students and teachers are best of the best and the ones who were bound to fall through the cracks anyway, well they’ll be guaranteed a decent blue collar job at one of the sector’s extravagant sponsors.
What do you think?