The kingdom has both a private and a public education system, with high rate of female student in all levels of education. In 2010/11 roughly 1.5m students attended government schools, while private enrolment that year stood at about 380,000. Efforts are also being made to increase the use of technology in classrooms, with the government now requiring all public schools to provide computer access to students from the second grade through secondary school. Numerous initiatives are also in place to spearhead academic improvement, with greater focus being put on aligning education with market needs.
This chapter contains an interview with Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President, Royal Scientific Society, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT)