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Posted On: 27 August 2019 11:09 am

Education Minister emphasises quality of education in Qatar, calls on employees to express opinions freely

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His Excellency Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi stressed the quality of the educational process, including the services provided by the Ministry to the public.

H.E. the Minister pointed to several initiatives implemented by the Ministry to enhance the quality of education, including the development of curricula and learning resources, and attention to the quality of teachers through training and review of selection criteria, in addition, improve and develop mechanisms and procedures for tests. He called for justice in the evaluation of government school staff and create an attractive school environment.

This came in H.E. the Minister speech at the annual meeting organised by the Ministry of Education with the principals of public schools on the occasion of the start of the academic year 2019-2020.

H.E. the Minister called on the employees of the Ministry to express their views freely through their official channels such as the teachers' advisory committee, the advisory committee of school principals and the staff committee, and submit their suggestions and views. He stressed that no one is prevented from expressing his opinion, as these opinions give the Ministry another important vision representing the opinion of the educational field.

H.E. Al Hammadi also called for preserving the secrets of work in the ministry and not to access the documents and publish them. He added that the Ministry doesn't prevent constructive criticism but encourage it, but it must be through official channels.

The Ministry wants the principal to be inspirational, creative, innovative and distinguished in his work and outputs, stressing the importance of continuous training and development in the educational process, HE the Minister said.

H.E. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Salih Al Nuaimi praised the role of school leadership in advancing the educational process. He said that the principals are the real leaders of the educational field and that educational policies give them the necessary powers to manage their schools. He called on the principals to apply laws, and regulations to improve academic achievement, and to take care of the school environment to be attractive, exciting and stimulating for both teacher and student. He urged them to be flexible in management and to provide an atmosphere conducive to joy, happiness, and spirit of cooperation, and love between the school family away from stagnation and stereotyped in management.

Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs of the Ministry Fawzia Abdulaziz Al Khater pointed to the need to implement the directives of the country's top leadership on education, especially with regard to diligence, creativity and independent thinking, constructive initiatives and attention to educational achievement in all disciplines, self-reliance and the fight against laziness and dependency. She urged school principals to apply institutional values such as transparency, innovation, excellence, participation, and accountability.

Al Khater reviewed the most important developments and trends for the next phase, including Qatar's hosting of International Science Olympiad for young people as the first Arab country in the Middle East in December, which calls for concerted efforts to ensure the success of the event, which witnesses the participation of 70 countries compared to 40 countries in the previous entries.

Al Khater called on school principals to enhance national sense and belonging in students, direct efforts towards improving student learning outcomes, supervise the application of developed educational curricula and create a positive working environment for all workers in the field of education from the administrative and teaching staff.

Also, she urged to ensure that the professional license is granted to those who deserve it. She called to initiate professional networks and academic partnerships with distinguished private schools, commit to community responsibility for the school, direct efforts to improve learning outcomes and avoid issuing any negative messages that change the society's view of the education system.

Al Khater called for adherence to the provisions of the code of ethics and follow-up the impact of training cadres on their professional performance, commitment to the school and administrative circulars and understand the reasons for the transfer of cadres and school principals between schools aimed at exchanging experiences and dissemination of best practices and benefit from them.

The annual meeting reviewed the general directions of the new academic year, developments, plans, programs and policies in several areas including: curricula and learning resources, educational guidance, early education, government schools affairs and teachers affairs, special education and gifted care, personnel affairs and other topics that enhance the quality of education and improve its outcomes.

Source: QNA
Cover image credit: Gulf Times