DOHA: The State of Qatar has achieved a lot in education since it has always been keen to empower its citizens by providing high quality education.
The Supreme Education Council (SEC) accomplished several achievements this year by adopting a number of policies to propel the process of education at all levels.
The SEC increased the salaries of teachers to spur them to become the best in the country.
It also set up a programme for high school graduates to obtain a bachelor’s degree in primary and secondary education at the University of Qatar for those intending to take up the teaching profession.
The programme resulted in a significant increase in enrolment specially females in the BA primary education.
The number of female students enrolled for the academic year 2012-2013 increased to 109 from just 10 in the previous year.
The Council also adopted policies to improve the performance of the cadres in schools through professional development planning and training, and encouraging teachers and school leaders to engage in research projects aimed at improving the educational standards in their schools.
The SEC amended this year the admission policy at Qatar University by cancelling the requirement of TOEFL and IELTS tests.
It also established the Community College for students who were not accepted in universities.
The SEC defined the standards of technical and vocational education in public and established educational institutions to suit the needs of the labour market.
The number of scholarships offered inside and outside of Qatar increased by 94% in the 2011-2012.
A number of prestigious Arab universities and new disciplines were added to the list of universities approved for the scholarship which had positive effect on the number of students enrolling for scholarships.
The SEC is looking forward to achieve more success and accomplishments during the next year.
The Council is seeking to set up a strategic plan for the vocational education project which aims to match the outputs of public and higher education with the needs of the labour market.
As well as achieving the goals of Qatar's vision and follow up the projects and goals of the 2011-2016 strategy.
The SEC is also aiming to attract more national cadres into the process of education and developing consultative committees to enhance the role of parents. (QNA)