The Ministry of Education and Higher Education said yesterday that 14 new schools and kindergartens (KGs) will be opened in the academic year 2018-19. The Ministry also plans to open Qatar Science and Technology School this year.
The new schools include 11 private schools and kindergartens and three public schools which will provide more than 5,065 classrooms, bringing the number of public schools and kindergartens to 272, said Under-secretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, H E Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi.
Al Naumi was speaking at a press conference held yesterday to announce that the Ministry was ready to start the academic year 2018-19 on August 27.
He said that the number of private schools and kindergartens reached 282, with a total enrolment of 190,644 students.
On the projects the Ministry plans for the new academic year, Al Nuaimi said that opening Qatar Science and Technology School will take place this year. Other plans involve developing technical education and improving services for students with disabilities and for gifted students as well.
Al Nuaimi said that the Ministry has already ensured a number of things ahead of the start, including the capacity of classes, the availability of transport, the readiness of school cafeterias, as well as ensuring that maintenance was done for schools.
He added that the ministry continues with the implementation of its strategy for 2017-2022, given it is the road map for developing a world class educational system. He said the strategy focuses on providing suitable training for teachers that helps them make the vital contribution they do to society, while boosting the core values and traditions of the Qatari society at the same time.
There are also a host of programmes the ministry is undertaking, including improving pre-school education, and linking higher education with the job market.
The Under-secretary said that the Ministry of education attracted 711 teachers, in accordance with the highest standards. The total number of teachers in the public school system has now gone up to 13,440 teachers.
The total number of teachers in private schools this year is 13,591 teachers.
He added that the aim of these programs and projects is to achieve the results of the Ministry’s strategy and objectives, with a focus on raising the level of performance of students and their academic achievement and preparing them to move successfully between different stages of study, to achieve the internal and external efficiency of the education system.
In terms of higher education, Al Nuaimi noted the presence of 24 higher education institutions in Qatar, including universities, colleges and institutes of international status in terms of academic and research programs and best practices.
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