Posted on March 19, 2014

ACS Doha International School (pictured), in compliance with the Supreme Education Council, has recently been granted approval to join the list of accredited Educational Voucher Schools. The school currently has 43 Qatari students using the Educational Voucher System.

In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, which highlights the importance of investing in the development of Qatar’s human capital to become an advanced knowledge based society, the Educational Voucher System has been extended to a number of private schools to enable Qatari parents to enhance their children’s education by sending them to private international schools with government financial aid.

“At ACS Doha, we are very proud to be associated with the Educational Voucher System, which provides Qatari children with the opportunity to access the highest quality schools. Students attending ACS Doha will receive an international education in their home country and at a school committed to the growth and development of each and every child. The scheme is especially helpful for parents who were unable to afford private schooling and who can now receive financial assistance from the government” commented Diane Hren, Head of School.

The SEC has developed a set of criteria to evaluate candidate schools, to ensure they meet a certain level of quality standards. Schools must meet two key conditions to qualify: obtaining candidacy for the National School Accreditation and completing the first two parts of a Self-Study, approved by the Evaluation Institute.

The Educational Voucher system covers three broad groups of families; those in the public and private sectors, unemployed and retired. Each sector has an authority that will be responsible for funding the vouchers up to a maximum of QR28,000. For the private sector and those who are unemployed, the SEC will incur voucher costs. The process is simple for parents who wish to apply as they can simply approach the school for the registration certificate and present it to the HR department or authority responsible for ensuring the vouchers are provided.

By establishing a set of qualitative standards and school programs, the SEC aims to boost schools’ performance and ensure that all students in the State of Qatar receive a top class education that will go hand in hand with the Qatar National Vision 2030.