Doha: Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) has announced that the registration in private schools and preschools began yesterday.
Hamad Al Ghali, Director of Private Schools Licensing Department (PSLD,) said that according to the circular sent to private schools and preschools, early registration opened on March 1 and will run through October 14, 2021.
“Registration of overseas students, however, will remain open until the end of January 2022. Each school shall determine and announce its mechanism for registration following the Ministry’s laws and regulations in this regard,” said Al Ghali.
He added that admission age in all academic stages is determined as per the tables attached to the circular, noting that these tables determine the maximum and minimum age for admission.
Al Ghali said Qatar has over 325 private schools and preschools offering 30 different curricula, which provide a wide variety of options for parents. He also called on the parents to avail the online services that the Ministry provides for the private education sector on its Public Services Portal.
Al Ghali pointed out that parents can access the portal to obtain up-to-date guidance and information related to Qatar’s private schools and preschools.
He added that the Ministry’s website allows parents to access a list of private schools and preschools of different classifications. They can also conduct any search by school name, curricula, geographic area, location, academic level, annual tuition fees, and contact information.
Concerning the education vouchers, the PSLD director said that the list of private institutions that accept education vouchers during 2021-22 includes 107 schools and preschools. He added that vouchers are offered to all Qatari students registered in the nationally-accredited private schools. The education vouchers are the amount of money granted by the state to cover part or all of the tuition fees.
Regarding new school license applications for the next year, Al Ghali said that the PSLD received some 38 applications to open new private educational facilities for the 2021-22 academic year. Of those, 21 applications were submitted for facilities teaching the British curriculum, 11 for the American curriculum, three for the Indian curriculum, two for the national curriculum, and one for the Tunisian curriculum.