Something called drainage

By Muhammad Aburumman

Jordanians — in particular those considered within the professional class — look to the Gulf as one of the most important "solutions" to the problem of unemployment, as its one of the most prominent operations resources and Jordanian labor magnets, over the past years; giving provides job opportunities there, firstly, and clears some room, secondly, for the youth for jobs here, in both the public and private sectors.

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This and that, at the end of the day, is in favor of the state’s budget; as it is converted hundreds of millions of hard currency annually, from the expatriates, into the country, which impacts properties, markets, and financial liquidity.

We have been talking, in recent years, about at least hundreds of thousands of Jordanians working in the Gulf, most of them working in professional fields; universities, medicine, engineering, education, media, economics and management, in addition to many other disciplines that distinguishes Jordan from many of the Arab countries.

The successive governments have been looking to increase that, within the Gulf, to reduce the problem of unemployment and increase revenues. While the results cannot be questioned, they carry, also, significant economic and social risks, which can be summed up in one word: Drainage.

Drainage, here, means the draining of the minds, qualifications and capacities from Jordan, while other countries benefit from them.

The story seems much greater when we think about the public sector, which was drained during the 1990s, when the distinguished capacities started leaving it towards the private sector, whether in medicine, education, or the economy.

The public sector then fell behind from being "Jordanian feature" and a success story, turned into a heavy burden on the budget, because the move towards privatization and the private sector were not carried on the basis of development and administrative success, but based on ready-to-implement recipes prepared by the international financial institutions!

Therefore, the important regulations issued recently by the Minister of Education caught my attention, when he decided to condition any increase in the fee of by private schools to the approval of the ministry of education, and refusing to allow the transfer of students from public schools when they have reached the 11th grade to study the last, 12th grade, at a private school — these schools are giving grants for outstanding students, at the 12th grade, stealing him or her from the public education, to harvested his or her achievemens and place the student on the school’s list of honors.

That explains, too, why the minister instructed barring using the student’s name on the private school’s honor list unless he or she has spent three years or more at that school, so as not to deceive the parents with fake achievements by that school.

At the end of the day, what we are gaining from financial and economic solutions through the gate of the Gulf, we are paying for internally through the deterioration of the level of universities, hospitals, and public sector, and the decline of education and internal achievements.

What is more dangerous is that drainage has shifted to the private sector itself, through which the brain drain to the Gulf, because of the capacities within it are going there seeking the privileges granted to them, which means the continuation of draining the country in general from those of talent and capacities.

The fundamental question is: Is this the only solution and the inevitable fate, or is there some deep strategic thought that must start now about these invisible, yet deadly, dangers?!



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.