Monday, July 30, 2007
في الاعادة إفادة
In my last year of medical school in Jordan, I had to do pediatric (children) clinics.
I was surprised when an adult patient stepped in with his mother.
I looked at his chart A note from 6 months ago said .... "Mental retardation, return to clinic in 6 months"
I asked his mother, "What's his problem?"
His mother answered, "some mental retardation"
I talked to the guy who was 18.
"What's your name?"
Then he smiled and didn't answer.
His mom said, "he doesn't know his last name"
"Can he read or write?"
"Does he go to a special school?"
She said, "There's none in our area, but he goes to regular school"
"And which grade is he in?"
"TAWJIHI", she said
I was a bit surprised, "Tawjihi!! If he can't read or write, how did he make it to Tawjihi?"
"The school principal didn't want to let him fail, there's some policy that he shouldn't be allowed to fail in the lower grades. Also his father went and talked to the principal to let him do Tawjihi"
"Is he sitting for Tawjihi exam this year?"
"Yes. He failed last year but this year we hope he can make it"
"Ok, I'm your doctor (although I was still a student then!) , and I can tell you he will never pass, tell his father to get him out of the school, and try to teach him something he can make a living from"
The mother was a bit upset by this news, as if it came as a surprise to her.
That took place in 2001. I hope Ahmad is not among those 46% who failed the Tawjihi exam this year.