The Ministry of Education and Higher Education launched the third phase of land allocation under the BOT system, within the framework of stimulating the participation of the private sector in the economic development projects dedicated to the national curriculum.
This came during an introductory workshop on the project, attended by a large number of investors, owners of private schools and senior officials of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
At the outset of the workshop, Khalid Al Hajri, Director of the General Services Department at the Ministry and member of the Technical Committee of the Ministerial Group for the Encouragement and Participation of the Private Sector in the Economic Development Projects of Qatar, made a presentation on the educational system in Qatar, and stressed the commitment of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to provide an educational system that keeps pace with the best world-class educational systems, enables the citizens to realize their aspirations and meets the growing needs of the State.
Al Hajri highlighted the role of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the organization, follow-up, monitoring and supervision, and supporting the private and public schools from kindergarten to grade 12, as well as higher education, in order to ensure that stakeholders receive educational services in accordance with the highest quality standards.
Al Hajri presented an explanation of the third phase, the conditions of competition and requirements, specifications and the general guidelines for school buildings for each stage of study separately. He noted that six land lots were allocated in the first phase and three others were allocated in the second phase, while the third phase will include the allocation of two government-owned land lots for the private sector to design, build and operate the buildings as private schools.
Al Hajri explained to the investors the general administrative structure of the Ministry which includes departments for private education concerned with granting and renewing private school licenses and determining tuition fees, in addition to their role in monitoring and supervising all aspects related to the affairs of private schools.
Head of Purchasing Section at the Ministry's Administrative and Financial Affairs Department, Arifah Aqab, also spoke in the workshop and explained the procedures for submitting tenders and their conditions and requirements. For her part, Sarah Al Salem from the Private School Licensing Department spoke about the mechanism of opening a private establishment, while Eng. Fathi Abdul Qader Ali Ibrahim, the Chief Architect at the Ministry, shed light on the architecture drawings, standards, specifications and conditions.
At the end of the workshop, investors wishing to invest in the private educational sector on the national curriculum dedicated to the national curriculum raised questions and inquiries answered by officials of the Ministry.
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