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31 May 2010 03:20 pm

Oxford English School shut down by Education Council for violations

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The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has closed down a private school for its repeated failure to comply with the standards and regulations set by the Council. The Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council (SEC), H E Saad bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, yesterday issued a decision to close down the Oxford English School, which is located in the Al Gharafa area, with effect from July 30 this year. “The decision is based on the Private Schools Supervision Committee’s findings of the school not meeting the technical requirements set by the SEC and being in violation of legal and administrative requirements stated in the operational licences,” said a statement issued by the SEC yesterday. The Private Schools Office at the SEC is responsible for licensing private schools as well as nurseries and kindergartens operating in Qatar, and monitoring their compliance with the standards and requirements laid down by the SEC. The SEC has also withdrawn the licences of four independent school operators for their failure to achieve satisfactory student performance results as per the agreement signed between the two parties. “The SEC has provided adequate support to these schools over the years but they still have not achieved the standards set by the SEC. The schools have been evaluated for over three years and at least three of the schools have received more than one warning, which they did not heed,” said the statement. The SEC’s Education Institute and Evaluation Institute had been monitoring the schools closely to ensure improvement in their performance. http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=May2010&file=Local_News201005137457.xml