Posted on September 25, 2015

Over the 10 years from 2005 to 2014, the Qatari expenditure on education per student increased by more than 200 percent, according to data released by the Supreme Education Council (SEC), said The Peninsula. 

The average spending per student rose from QR29,333 during the 2004/2005 academic year to QR93,812 during 2013/2014, shows the just released Annual Statistics of Education for 2013/2014. The expenditure shot up to QR112,346 during 2008/2009 apparently due to increased infrastructure spending dropping again to average levels (QR52,568) the next year. A major increase then was seen during 2012/2013 (QR87,837) rising further to QR93,812 during 2013/2014. During this period the number of Independent schools (including all levels) increased by 26 per cent from 223 to 280.

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As per the data, the number of private schools during 2013/2014 was 203 and Independent schools 178. When split into different levels (primary, preparatory and secondary) the number of private schools reached 435 and Independent schools 280. The total number of students in private schools stood at 139,661 against 98,908 students in Independent schools. Of the 435 primary, preparatory and secondary schools, the highest (218) were based in Al Rayyan municipality followed by Doha Municipality (157). Al Wakra had 26 schools, Al Khor 21, Umm Salal 5, Al Daain 7 and Al Shamal 1.

Accordingly, schools in Al Rayyan had the highest number of students (76,162) followed by Doha (45,603). Private school students included 26,640 Qataris (11,068 females and 15,572 males) and 113,021 non-Qataris (53,975 females and 59,046 males). These schools employed 8505 non-Qatari teachers and 38 Qatari teachers during the period. Among Independent school students, Qataris were 59,519 (31,533 females against 27,966). Students from other GCC countries were 3,708 (1,905 females and 1,803 males, while students from other Arab countries stood at 28,701 (14,679 females and 14,022 males).