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King orders providing public schools with central heating

By JT - Feb 21,2015 - Last updated at Feb 21,2015

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday directed the government to install central heating at public schools across the Kingdom in a several-phase project.

The Royal initiative is a reflection of the King’s keenness on enhancing the education sector and improving school environment for students of all ages and in all areas, a Royal Court statement said.

In the first phase of the project, funded by His Majesty, central heating will be installed this year in 50 schools located in “extremely cold areas” based on priority, while the government will undertake  the implementation of the project’s following phases to cover all public schools.

In parallel with this initiative, King Abdullah directed officials at the Royal Court to study all available options, especially renewable energy utilisation, to provide heating at public schools.

The pilot project will be studied and then implemented in two schools in the first phase, whereby they will be provided with heating through solar power.

If proved successful, the project will then be implemented in other public schools, the statement said.

A committee of representatives from the education and public works ministries, headed by Royal Court Secretary General Yousef Issawi, who is also president of a panel entrusted with following up on the implementation of Royal initiatives, will supervise the first phase of the project.

According to official figures, there are 3,760 public schools in Jordan, where 1.287 million students are enrolled and around 80,000 teachers and 10,000 principals work.

The Jordan Teachers Association on Saturday welcomed the King’s gesture.

In a statement, the syndicate said installing central heating at schools will “improve” the performance of teachers and students, leading to “a quantum leap” in plans to enhance school environment.

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