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​Minister of Education Outlines Priorities for 2017-18 Academic Year

28 November 2017

(The Peninsula)

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, outlined yesterday the ministry’s priorities for the 2017-2018 academic year, within the Ministry’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

Speaking at the third annual meeting on the updated strategic plan of the Ministry 2017-2018, HE the Minister said that the review of curriculum standards and developing in line with the general framework of Qatar’s national educational curriculum, as well as the development and expansion of early education, the promotion of attractive educational environment and the upgrading of services provided by the Ministry to the public are among their top priorities.

He said that the Ministry has carried out several initiatives and educational programs in order to achieve those priorities.

The meeting was organized by the Ministry with the participation of more than 80 leaders, experts and advisers, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatar University, the Advisory Committee for School Principals and the Advisory Committee for Teachers.

The Minister shed light on to the progress made in the areas of policy-making; action enhancement; the development of public and private schools; the development of the comprehensive educational assessment system; the improvement of academic achievement of students; as well as the governance of higher education and the completion of its policies and legislative tools and other issues that enhance the quality of Qatar’s educational outputs, pave the way for building Qatar’s human capital, support its knowledge-based economy and achieve international competitiveness.

HE the Minister was speaking during the third annual meeting on the updated strategic plan of the Ministry 2017-2018, organized by the Ministry with the participation of more than 80 leaders, experts and advisers, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatar University, the Advisory Committee for School Principals and the Advisory Committee for Teachers.

The Minister called for the development of educational indicators in the correct framework, and stressed the need to identify the tendencies of students and their trends in each stage of study separately, whether scientific or literary orientation, and to monitor their tendencies after the secondary stage, whether they wish to join military or civil studies, and to develop plans in the light of these aspirations and hopes.

Dr. Al-Hammadi also called on the participants to conduct a transparent, serious and in-depth dialogue and discussion in order to crystallize development visions, draw priorities, identify challenges, and identify initiatives and projects that achieve the educational goals included in the Ministry’s strategic plan.

Meanwhile, he stressed the importance of monitoring the implementation of educational initiatives and evaluating them, monitoring their effects and verifying their effectiveness and role in achieving educational goals, as well as strengthening cooperation between the Ministry and all partners of the educational process, especially Qatar University. The one-day meeting aimed to identify opportunities and challenges and come up with a common vision on the priorities of education in Qatar, in addition to consolidating future directions towards achieving the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s strategy for the period 2017-2022.

The Department of Planning and Quality reviewed during the meeting the pillars of the strategy, which is the strategy of the education and training sector that stems from the National Development Strategy 2017-2022 which in turn stems from Qatar National Vision 2030. The presentation also reviewed the goals of the strategy which includes enrollment, achievement, citizenship, values, governance and manpower. The objectives are to provide diverse learning opportunities that enable learners to increase their potential to contribute effectively to the workforce and the Qatari community; to ensure the provision of the appropriate educational infrastructure to meet the needs of all learners according to current and future requirements; to enhance the process of continuous institutional development and quality assurance in educational institutions; excellence in delivering effective and efficient services to partners and stakeholders; and ensuring the preservation of Qatari values and traditions while promoting understanding and respect for other cultures.

The Ministry’s Policy and Research Department, focused on the performance of the educational system in Qatar through a set of indicators, including the enrollment rate of children aged 4-5 years in early education, enrollment in general education in its three stages, the rate of children who achieved 70% of the basic subjects in grades 3-6-9-12, the rate of students graduating from high school compared to the number of students enrolled, the average number of students in the public and private schools, and others. In regards to educational researches, Dr. Fatima Al-Muadadi from the Department of Psychological Sciences at the Faculty of Education at QU presented result of study on the perceptions of kindergarten and family teachers of family learning programs in Qatar.

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