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The Impact of Syrian Crisis on the Quality of Education in Jordan: A Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment

Abdullah Bataineh () and Pierluigi Montalbano ()
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Abdullah Bataineh: Sapienza University of Rome (IT).

No 7/18, Working Papers from Sapienza University of Rome, DISS

Abstract: This paper investigates the causal impact of the Syria crisis on education quality in Jordan. We collected and analyzed primary quantitative and qualitative data for a sample of Jordanian public schools in Qasabet-Irbid district (Northern Jordan), close to the Syrian border. Our empirical analysis assesses an overall negative impact of Syrian refugee enrollment in the Jordanian education system induced by both overcrowding and double-shift practices. This impact on students' performance is represented by a declining in their scores in four main subjects (Math, Science, Arabic, and English) relative to the counterfactual sample. This negative impact is confirmed by the qualitative analysis as well. This study provides the first empirical evidence on the impact of Syria crisis on the education quality in the affected public schools in Jordan, with possible long-term effects on economic growth. Although it does not represent, by any means, an argument against hosting policies of refugees, it represents a quest for International agencies and donors to refine their financial and technical support to schooling the refugees without affecting the education quality provided in the public schools. This will also help to prevent tensions between the incoming and the host communities.

Keywords: Syria Crisis; Refugee Education; Education Quality; Overcrowding; Double-shift Schools; and Causal Impact. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I25 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12
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