There has been a huge increase in the number of students enrolled in private schools in Qatar over the last five academic years, according to figures released by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics (MDPS) yesterday.
The statistics shows that the number of students in private schools increased by 41904 during the period, from 93,721 in 2008-2009 to 135,625 by 2012-2013.
But the increase in the number of students in government schools during the five years was just over 14,000, from 82,892 in 2008-09 to 96,720 in 2012-13.
The total number of students in all the schools in Qatar for the academic year 2012-13 was 232,345. This accounted for 96,720 students in government schools and 135,625 students in private schools. Out of them 113,249 were girls while 119,096 boys.
Out of the total students, Qataris accounted for 85,766 while 146,579 were non-Qataris. Among the Qatari students, 43,462 were boys and 42,304 girls.
As for the non-Qatari students, 75,634 were boys and 70,945 girls.
There were 109,529 non-Qatari students as well as 26,096 Qatari students at private schools while among the government school students, 37,050 were non-Qataris and 59,670 were Qataris.
According to official statistics, male students at private schools constituted 58% and they altogether formed 51% of the total students. Female students both at government and private schools accounted for 49% of the total number.
As for the total number of students, there has been an increase of 5.5% compared to the previous year. In 2011-2012, the total number of students was 219,552 with 107,287 girls and 112,265 boys.
During the same year, government schools accounted for 94,005 students while the private schools had 125,547.
The class average of students per teacher during the academic year 2012-2013 reached 24 at all education stages except the kindergarten where the average number of students was 10 per teacher.
The number of the administrative and teaching staff at governmental and private schools reached more than 30,000 during this academic year which is a rise of 8% compared to the previous year.
Out of them, females constituted 77% of the total administrative and teaching staff.
As per the statistics, there were 767 schools in the 2012-2013 academic year in the country out of which 453 were mixed schools, 154 were for girls and 160 for boys. Altogether, these schools had 9,555 classes.
There were 22,213 teachers during the academic year. Females constituted the major share of teachers with 17,031 while male teachers were only 5,182.
Out of this, 10,083 were in the private sector while 12,130 were in the government schools.
There were 47,397 students in the pre-primary classes while 105,942 students attended the primary classes during the academic year.
Another 42,430 students went to preparatory classes, 36,006 students attended general secondary classes and 570 pupils studied in secondary specialised classes during the period.
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