The Private Schools Licensing Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) revealed that there are over 62,000 vacant seats in private schools and kindergartens, while new schools are expected to open in the next academic year after the procedures of application are finalized.
The Ministry said on Monday, 14 March 2022, that private school and kindergarten enrollment for the academic year 2022-2023 has been active since March, noting that October 13 will be the deadline for pupils and students in Qatar, while the deadline for pupils and students abroad will remain active until January of 2023.
Director of the Private Schools Licensing Department at the Ministry Hamad Mohammed Al Ghali indicated that there are 334 private schools and kindergartens in Qatar that offer 24 diverse educational curricula, including community schools, as well as various international curricula, stressing that this large number of schools and vacant seats provide parents with wide options to choose the right school or kindergarten for their children.
Al Ghali commended the comprehensive database provided by the administration on these schools on the ministry's website, which allows parents and students alike to look into schools according to general or detailed options represented in the location, the curriculum, the school stage, the type of school, or the name of the school, as this data enables obtaining general information about the school, along with its tuition fees and other data that will help parents choose the right decisions.
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In late February, the Private Schools Licensing Department sent a circular to all private schools and kindergartens to begin the enrollment process starting from March, explaining that the enrollment process will be done by schools, in which they will receive guardians' requests for enrollment for the new year and list them on the electronic system of the Ministry (early registration screen) within a week from the date of admission, after which schools will be required to notify the guardians of the approval within a period of no less than one week from the date of admission.
The administration stressed in the circular that placement test fees for kindergarten pupils must be free, as taking the test will be free of charge, explaining that the placement test fee is collected when the test is taken, provided that there is a vacancy.
According to the circular, students transferred to other schools must not be registered in the system, in the presence of financial dues (late fees) on the school they are being transferred from. Schools must not keep students or pupils on the waiting list for more than a week from the date of the application, and therefore direct them to an alternate school.
The Department emphasized that students and pupils must not be enrolled in a school that exceeds the specified capacity approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
|National Standards - 2,124|
|Ethiopian curriculum - 327|
|Jordanian curriculum - 238|
|German curriculum - 370|
|American curriculum - 11,955|
|American curriculum IB - 3,502|
|Iranian curriculum - 313|
|Pakistani curriculum - 852|
|British curriculum - 29,809|
|Bangladesh curriculum - 122|
|Turkish curriculum - 26|
|Tunisian curriculum - 204|
|Sudani curriculum - 11|
|Syrian curriculum - 63|
|French curriculum - 2,209|
|Palestinian curriculum - 266|
|Finnish curriculum - 208|
|Canadian curriculum - 285|
|Lebanese curriculum - 171|
|Egyptian curriculum - 55|
|Indian curriculum - 2,787|
|Japanese curriculum - 232|
|British American curriculum (SABS) - 51|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) - 6,500|
Source: QNA, MOEHE
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