Posted on August 03, 2018

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has set the ball rolling for the establishment of five more private schools in different parts of the country, targeting the creation of an additional 7,000 seats.

In a press statement on Wednesday, the ministry said government land will be allocated for a new batch of five schools in Al Wukair, Umm Al Qarn and Al Khor areas. The new schools are part of the government's plan to have 50,000 seats by 2022, the ministry noted. 

Of the five schools, two will follow the Qatari national curriculum, two will provide the American curriculum and one will offer the Indian curriculum. The decision comes with a view to create new capacities and meet the increasing educational needs across Qatar, the ministry said. The initiative is in accordance with the directives of the Ministerial Group for the Encouragement and Participation of the Private Sector in the Economic Development Projects of Qatar, chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Tenders will be announced on August 12 and interested bidders are invited to purchase the application documents no later than September 13, the release said. An introductory meeting with the companies and developers will be held on September 16 to explain the different stages of the project and answer their queries. The deadline for submission of tenders is September 23. Two of the five schools located in the Al Wukair area will follow Qatari national curriculum. Each of these schools will offer premium education for boys and girls, separately, across all schooling stages. The third school, to be located in the Umm Al Qarn area, will provide the American curriculum for boys and girls. The school, built on a 15,000sqm plot, will host all stages of education. 

Al Khor will be home to another American curriculum-based school that is expected to provide schooling for boys and girls. The ministry will allocate a plot measuring 14,993sqm for operating this fourth school. The fifth school , built on a 15,000sqm plot also at Al Khor, would offer the Indian curriculum to boys and girls across all stages of education. Land for the construction of six private schools were allotted to winning bidders in a handover ceremony in July.

source: Gulf Times