The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has started to implement its decision to teach Arabic language and Islamic studies as compulsory subjects in private kindergartens (KG) from the school year 2022-23.
“This is the first school year from which it is compulsory for private kindergartens to teach Arabic language and Islamic studies,” said the deputy undersecretary for private education affairs at the ministry. , Omar Abdul Aziz Al-Naama.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event recently, Al Naama said compulsory subjects include Arabic language, Islamic studies and Qatari history.
“In previous years, Arabic language and Islamic studies were taught to students from grades 1 to 12 and Qatari history from grade 9. This move aims to inculcate national identity and religious values in students from an early age,” Al Naama said. He said officials from the relevant department of the ministry will visit the private kindergartens to ensure the implementation of the decision and evaluate the results to provide necessary solutions, if necessary, for the success of the project.
“No less than 173 kindergartens operate in the country. They have recently been transferred under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,” Al Naama said, adding that the number of private schools and kindergartens has reached 338.
“There are 170 private education centers offering several education and training programs. According to the latest statistics, private schools and kindergartens have more than 211,000 students enrolled,” Al Naama said. He said the ministry had issued licenses for eight new private schools to meet demand in the coming years.
“The private education sector at the ministry is working to implement a number of initiatives to improve the quality of education in private schools.”
He said initiatives announced by the ministry this year include “My Values Define My Identity”, “Strengthening National Identity” and the “Ethical Charter”. He said there is a comprehensive evaluation process for all initiatives in private schools, measuring the impact of these initiatives on students and taking into account the rights and duties of school operators, principals and school boards. administration.