AMMAN -- Over half of Jordanian men and women (54 per cent and 52 per cent respectively) have attained secondary education or higher, according to a national report.
The "Population and Family Health Survey" for the year 2012 revealed that 98 per cent of males in the country have had some schooling, compared with 92 per cent of females.
The overall education levels have continued to increase for both men and women, according to the report, released recently by the Department of Statistics ( DoS ).
In 2007, 50 per cent of men and 49 per cent of women had attained secondary education or higher, while the rates stood at 46 per cent and 43 per cent in 2002, narrowing the gender gap in overall educational attainment.
The educational attainment of residents of different governorates also varies from 38 per cent for females in Maan to 55 per cent in Amman and for males from 44 per cent in Maan to 57 per cent in the capital.
The difference in educational attainment is quite large between the badia and other regions. Forty-one per cent of women in the badia have at least some secondary education, compared with 53 per cent in other regions, while for men the rates are 44 and 55 per cent, respectively, according to DoS .
A significant difference was also found when comparing refugee camps with other areas; the rate of women who have at least some secondary education is 41 per cent in camps, compared with 53 per cent outside.
The report also showed an increase in the number of years of schooling and a narrowing in the gender gap among the younger generation. Overall, men have a slightly longer stay in school than women, with a median of 9.5 years compared with 9.4.
The medians increased from 8.6 for men and 8 for women in 2002, to 9.1 for men and 8.8 for women in 2007.
Men aged 65 years and above have an average of six years of schooling, while women in the same age bracket have none, according to the report.
However, the male-female gender gap narrows among younger Jordanians, and by the age 40-44, the medians for women and men are identical at 10.7 years.
Between the ages of 15 and 39, women have higher median years of schooling than men, while no gender gap was recorded among those aged between six and 14.
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