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The ministry of Education and Higher Education - Qatar

Public Eduction Sector

Every Qatari citizen has the right to a public education that is compulsory and free. The number of public schools exceeded 207 plus 68 kindergartens in 2019/2020, serving more than 124,600 Qatari and non-Qatari students.

All public schools in Qatar are committed to teaching basic and integrated curricula -- mathematics and science, Arabic and English languages, Qatari history and Islamic education.

Qatar also offers specialized programs and curricula, such as science, technology and business to name a few. The public sector also provides a variety of specialized educational services for students with special needs as well as gifted and talented students. In addition, Qatar has specialized schools for those with special needs, those with specialized talent and those who are interested in a specialized focus and curriculum. Specialized schools include Qatar Technical School; Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Studies School for Boys; Religious Institute Preparatory Secondary School for Boys; Qatar Banking Studies & Business Administration School for Girls; and Qatar School of Science and Technology for Boys, a secondary school. All these schools qualify students to move to various higher education options and to the job market after graduation.

Public School Stages
Students spend 12 years in public school, divided into several stages. After going through the pre-school or kindergarten stage students move to the primary stage that lasts 6 years. The primary stage includes co-educational schools, boys’ schools and girls’ schools. Second is the preparatory stage that lasts from seventh grade to ninth grade. The student then moves to the secondary stage​ from the tenth grade to the twelfth grade.

At the secondary school level, students can choose public schools with general education or specialized schools with a range of options that suit the student's interests and academic priorities, such as science and technology and banking, to name a few.

Comprehensive Approach
Research shows how important early education is for future success. The Ministry has focused in particular on early childhood education - pre-school through second grade. This comprehensive approach focuses on ethics, values, and social and academic behavior to develop well-rounded individuals. The Ministry employs national, Arab, and international staff to ensure the quality of teaching and learning.

The Ministry is working to recruit the best educational and administrative staff for the public schools and provides various training and development programs for each specialty in addition to providing professional licenses to teachers. The Ministry also pays great attention to creating advanced and modern means of communication between the various components of the educational community and the parents, such as the Learning Management System (LMS).​​