Authorities expect around 25,000 Iraqi children to register

Taylor Luck; 28/8/09

As classes start on Sunday, thousands of Iraqi children will be joining their Jordanian peers in public schools, the third consecutive year they have enjoyed the benefit. Although there are currently no figures as the registration process is still under way, Education Ministry officials expect numbers similar to the 2008/9 school year, when 26,800 Iraqi students enrolled in government-run schools, mainly in Amman, Zarqa and Irbid. Last year marked a slight increase from the 2007/8 scholastic year, when 24,000 enrolled after the ministry decided to allow Iraqi students to attend the Kingdom’s public schools without the need to have a residency permit. Authorities had originally expected 50,000 school-age Iraqis to take advantage of public education.