Private Education Sector
Private schools are welcome in Qatar. They are licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and are an alternative to the K-12 public schools. In the 2019/20 academic year, there are more than 332 private schools serving approximately 211,000 students. Private schools offer a wide variety of curricula, philosophies, and activities that meet the needs of individual students and their families.
The Ministry requires all private schools to teach in their curricula Arabic language, Islamic studies and Qatari history.
There are international schools such as the American, British, French, and German schools; community schools serving different nationalities; and Qatari schools such as the Qatar Academia Arabic schools.
The curriculum in private schools varies from school to school. Some offer the International Baccalaureate degree. Others have adopted the British curriculum. Still others have put in place curriculum that suits the philosophy and goals of the school. Some schools offer students a more specialized education in such subjects as science and technology. And there are many more possibilities.
Once licensed, the Ministry monitors private schools to ensure they are complying with the academic terms of their license and that their educational plans are met. They also approve the delivery of curricula and its relevant resources and ensure that teachers are using the latest pedagogical methods. In addition, the Ministry ensures that students' safety and security, as well as the educational values of the country, are met.
Private Education Centers are those that offer a wide array of educational training to support students with their academic learning.
There is many private education centers across Qatar. They mainly offer management training, foreign languages, remedial classes, ICT, programmes for people with special needs, visual arts, and mental sports classes.
The Ministry sets strict standards for those centers to follow to ensure the delivery of high-quality education services.
As per the ministerial laws and decisions regulating the process of granting educational and training center licenses, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) sets strict standards and requirements to ensure the quality of education services provided.
The MOEHE's Education Centers Department is responsible for the oversight of the educational and training centers operating in the country. It provides effective support and guidance to private education sector investors at all business stages to help them operate smoothly. Also, it explains all business requirements to the investors, offers consultation and facilitate correspondence with the concerned authorities. The department spares no effort to help the investors offer high-quality education services to the Qatari community.
To view the Education Centers Department page, click here.
Qatari students who attend a licensed K-12 private school in Qatar are eligible for an educational voucher from the government. The value of the voucher is QAR 28,000. It is paid in two installments – one for each semester. The first payment is made one month into the start of the academic year whereas the second is made in January.
To receive a voucher, the student must be accepted by the school, provide a letter from one of her/his parents stating that none of the parents receive any educational allowance from their workplace.
Licensing Private Schools
The Ministry licenses private schools and pre-schools according to the provisions of Law No. 23 of 2015
The Ministry has also issued detailed bylaws outlining the setup requirements for potential private school operators.Investors can apply for private school licenses in November and December of each year through the school registration portal.
The detailed information about the conditions, requirements, and application process for a private school license can be found in this handbook (in Arabic).
How to Submit Online Application:
Fees:License for one-stage school: QAR 5,000License for multiple-stage school: QAR 8,000License renewal: QAR 3,000
Conditions for Investors:
For more information about the conditions and procedures of application process, please read this handbook (in Arabic). More details can also be viewed in the Private School Regulation Law and the Executive Regulations thereof.