Addition of 28 new schools to improve admission capacity in the next academic year
When the new academic year begins in September, about 28 new schools are expected to begin operations in addition to the 132 existing ones.
Five new international schools have already been granted licence to operate. Meanwhile, 23 applications are being reviewed, and a decision would be made by the end of this month. Upon inauguration of these new schools, over 10,000 new seats would be created for students in Qatar, the Supreme Education Council announced in a statement. Currently, there are 128180 seats across all schools in the country.
A seat for everyone
With Qatar’s population witnessing a rise every year, existing schools are faced with a landslide of applications from new students. However, there’s little scope to increase seat capacity. As per security regulations and standards stipulated by the General Directorate of the Civil Defence, schools are required to reduce total number of students in classrooms to 30.
Consequently, many students are kept in “waiting lists” until a seat is available. Some schools have waiting lists running into the next academic year as well, several Qatar residents have complained in the past.
With the addition of new schools, admission capacity in independent and private schools would be further increased, ending the woes of parents and students struggling to find a seat.
About four years from now, two more private schools will be established, the SEC added. A further 55 lots have been approved by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to establish new schools following standards set by the SEC.
SEC also revealed the launch of a joint commission with the Lusail Real Estate Development Company to implement the Lusail City Education Infrastructure Excellence (EIE) programme. Once complete, the city will feature a full range of schools with world-class features.
[Photo courtesy: English Modern School in Qatar]