Qatari female students have outshone their male counterparts by securing as many as 30 of a total of 37 Education Excellence Day awards presented yesterday.
The ceremony was attended by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who is also the chairperson of the Supreme Education Council, and other dignitaries.
Dana Ali Abdul Malik, who graduated from University of Bath (UK) in physics, topped the honour list and won platinum award among new PhD holders.
Jehan Shahab al-Rayahi from Weill Cornel Med
ical College in Qatar, and Sara Mehsin al-Saadi from Texas A & M Qatar won platinum awards as outstanding university graduates for 2007-08.
Asmaa Saleh al-Muhannadi, Fatima Khalil Ali, Noof Abdul Rahman, Kulthum Sultan al-Kuwari, and Ghalia Sultan al-Abdullah from Al Bayan education complex for Girls, Najla Ghaith al-Kuwari (Al Shaymaa Secondary School for Girls), Al-Anoud ali al-Arji (Guwairiya School) won platinum awards as outstanding secondary school students.
Among outstanding teachers, platinum awards went to two female teachers in the secondary and primary schools while the preparatory school award was withdrawn for failure to meet the standards.
At the level of university graduates, nine of the 10 achievers were women. They, students from different universities, were bestowed gold awards. Ahmed Yousuf al-Janahi was the only male student in the category.
In the level of high school students, eight of the nine awarded gold were female. The two outstanding teachers who received platinum awards were female.
Abu Baker Asedeeq Independent School for Boys was honoured as the most outstanding school while Haya Nasser Misfer al-Shahwani (Brooq Independent Primary School for Girls) and Shaikha Mohamed Saad al-Rumaihi (Al Shaymaa Secondary School for Girls) received the outstanding teacher awards.
Haya Salem Mohamed Al Fuhaidhi al-Marri (Al Ieman Independent Secondary School for Girls) received the outstanding scientific research award for her research entitled “Causes of weakness in the English language among secondary school students in Qatar.”
Addressing the ceremony, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Sheikha Ahmed al-Mahmoud said that this year’s criteria of excellence had been reviewed to make them more comprehensive.
“The Qatar National Vision 2030 makes it necessary for educationists to rise to the challenge to make our education output meet Qatar’s development requirements. We have reviewed the criteria of excellence to make them more inclusive for academic and education knowledge as well as the students’ contribution to the community,” HE al-Mahmoud said.
The event aims to honour outstanding Qataris and promotes the culture of excellence and encourages individuals to excel.
The Education Excellence Day illustrates the commitment of Qatar’s leadership to education and its recognition that developing a knowledge-based society is fundamental to the nation achieving its ambitious goals.
The EED builds on the tradition of Education Day, which has been celebrated for 44 years.
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