This is another example that we have a long way to go when it comes to reform in Jordan’s education system. Not long ago, I wrote another blog post about education in Jordan.
This is an article published in today’s Jordan Times. It demonstrates two things: First there are very talented individuals in Jordan and the second is the failure on the part of some educators to encourage and inspire students in Jordan…Reform is not only in the books…
Ragheb and Thamer Masarweh from the village of Jadaa in Karak, who worked for 10 years to prove a theory on prime numbers, are currently honing their English language skills at the British Council in Amman before heading to the UK to do their master’s in statistics and mathematics.
Numbers have long fascinated the two brothers.
When 24-year-old Thamer was 14-years-old, his favourite subject was mathematics and he used to excel in the subject and score the highest marks in class.
However, the two brothers said they received little support from their community or at school.
“Our teachers were not supportive and used to tell us not to attempt things greater than our abilities,” Thamer noted, adding that “unfortunately, lecturers at university said the same thing, which frustrated us”.