The video supposedly shows a first grader at a Jordanian public school being verbally and even physically abused by a “teacher” during a math class when he is unable to write a number on the chalkboard. He is seen begging the teacher and the person filming for protection. Chuckling can be heard in the background. While the video speaks for itself as to the event, I know next to nothing about its details even though it seems to be spreading through the Jordanian online sphere. I was tempted to write something but knowing none of the details other than it appearing to be a Jordanian public school and an abused child who is in tears – I feel the most responsible course of action is to bring this to the attention of any one who has any information and/or details about this video, its origin, where the school is, who filmed it, etc. This information is necessary to verify what happened and hold people accountable.
On a side note, I’m wondering if all public schools in Jordan should be equipped with cameras.
UPDATE: Her Majesty Queen Rania responds. Good to know this garnered some top-level attention.
UPDATE #2: The teacher has been found by the Ministry of Education. The boy is indeed a first grade student in a public school in Amman’s fifth district. According to AmmanNet, the Minister of Education, Dr. Khaled Karaki, personally apologized to the student and announced that the teacher, and all teachers who carry out such acts, will be punished accordingly. An investigatory committee is formulating a report on this specific incident and will make recommendations to the ministry.
All that said, this kid was fortunate enough to have had this video aired online, and to garner enough attention from up top to start a search that would lead in finding him and his teacher. The many others that face this kind of abuse and worse are not so lucky. This incident spawned a seemingly endless discussion about education reform in this country, specifically on Twitter and the #ReformJO hashtag. These kinds of discussions are just a small indication of how large this problem is. And the fact that it badly needs to be addressed once and for all.