DOHA: This year’s summer holidays for schools in Qatar begin on June 29 and end on September 4, according to the academic calendar approved by the Supreme Education Council (SEC).
The schedule, unifying school holidays in the country, would apply to all Independent and private schools, including community schools. Teachers and other employees of Independent schools will have a shorter summer break — from July 13 to August 28.
Given the schedule, schools will be working at least for one week during the holy month of Ramadan this year, while the next two years, most of Ramadan will fall within school working days.
This year’s mid-term holidays begin on Sunday and continue until February 6.
The schools that started their academic year last September will reopen on February 9 for their second term.
Under directives from SEC, several expat schools have also declared week-long holidays from Sunday to comply with the schedule.
Last year some community schools, especially Indian schools that follow an academic calendar different from Independent and international schools, were exempted from this rule.
The vacation schedule for the academic years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 was included in a letter sent by the Minister of Education H E Dr Mohamed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi to the Cabinet, according to Al Sharq.
The academic calendar includes a four-day break during the second term from April 13 to 17 this year.
Mid-term holidays for the academic year 2014-2015 begin on January 26 and summer holidays from June 28 to September 3, 2015.
Mid-term holidays for the 2015-2016 academic year will be from January 24 to February 4 and summer holidays begin on June 26 and end on September 1, 2016.
Currently, there are 130 private schools and 70 private kindergartens in Qatar, according to data released by the Private Schools Office at SEC.
Of these, 54 schools follow the British curriculum and 12 have adopted the American curriculum.
Thirteen schools follow the Indian curriculum, three the Egyptian curriculum, two the Jordanian/Palestinian curriculum and one Japanese curriculum, Hamad Al Ghali, Director of Private Schools Office told the daily.
He said the Office, which is responsible for monitoring private schools, has not received any complaints related to their curriculum because any parent would check the academic system before sending their children to school.
The Office has teams to look into applications for permission to set up schools, fees, Outstanding Schools and the education voucher project.
There are three Outstanding Schools, including a Spanish one, and there is a plan to open a Chinese school in this category, said Al Ghali.