Yarmouk University, national budget, female children, University of Jordan, major universities
Jordan has made significant strides in education in recent decades, despite the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and the very large share of the national budget assigned to the armed forces. Public education is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 15. At the secondary level, about 80 percent of the male children and 78 percent of the female children go to school. Some 100 percent of the Jordanian population age 15 or older was literate in 2001.
In the 1998-1999 school year 706,198 pupils attended elementary schools in Jordan, another 579,400 students attended secondary schools, and 113,000 students were enrolled in institutions of higher education. The country has two major universities: the University of Jordan (1962) in Amman, and Yarmouk University (1976), in Irbid. Other facilities for higher education in Jordan include the Statistical Training Center and institutes for the study of agriculture, banking, social work, and public administration.
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