DOHA: Qatar hopes to soon set up teacher councils to involve members of the teaching profession, apparently both nationals and expatriates, in the decision-making process in the education sector.
The teachers are to be made members of the proposed councils through nomination.
The council will examine the concerns of teachers and forward its recommendations to the education ministry directly.
Currently, teachers from 58 nationalities are employed in Qatar and their wages here are the highest in the entire Arab world, including the GCC.
Due to the financial and moral security provided to teachers, Qatar is a major attraction for teachers from around the world.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, H E Dr Mohamed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, who is also ex-officio secretary-general of the Supreme Education Council (SEC), the regulator of schools, both government and private.
Speaking on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, Al Hammadi said the moral and financial status of teachers must be enhanced to ensure quality education.
Qatar will follow the guidelines of Unesco as regards the wages and perks of teachers, he said.
Al Hammadi also hinted at attracting qualified teachers and educationists from neighbouring states as well as from countries from the Arab region for Qatari schools, aside from cooperating with Qatar University’s education department to source teaching talent from there.
The World Teachers’ Day was marked by the SEC and the local office of Unesco. The event was attended by a large number of people, among them students, parents, teachers and school administrators. Some 73 teachers who met the criteria for winning awards established by a high-level educational committee were honoured at the event.
The Minister lauded veteran teachers from the first generation who laid the foundation of education in Qatar. “They are still a source of pride for the state,” the Minister noted.
He hinted at a further salary review of teachers and said: “Moreover, we are working to enhance the programme that targets attracting qualified Qataris to the teaching profession, review the system of salaries and incentives for teachers in order to achieve stability and job security.”