Initial nod for 76 new private schools

February 04, 2013 - 2:38:26 am

DOHA: The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has given the initial approval for opening 76 new private schools and kindergartens in the country, a senior SEC official said.

Hamad Mohammed Al Ghali Al Merri, director of Private Schools Office at SEC said that the new applicants have been given time till June this year to complete formalities involving other government bodies.

“Until now, we have received 76 applications from citizens to open new private schools and kindergartens and we have given initial approval. We have also given them time until next June to settle their status with other bodies concerned including Civil Defence and the health authorities. If they don’t fulfill these requirements by June, the initial approval will be automatically revoked,” said Al Merri, in an interview with 

Al Sharq.

He said 38 private schools have sought permission to hike their fees from the next academic year. The deadline for receiving applications ended last month.

“No school is permitted to hike the fees without a written approval from the SEC. Submitting an application does not mean it has been accepted,” said Al Merri. He said there is a set of criteria for granting permission and no school will be allowed to raise the fees by more than 10 percent. The schools are required to submit details about all types of fees charged over the past three years. He said the new law on private schools which is in the making will take into consideration the feedback from private schools. “We expect the law to be issued soon,” said Al Merri.

The Peninsula