DOHA: Some 235 teachers, coordinators and administrative staff members are seeking election to an 18-member Consultative Committee for Independent Schools.
Many of those in the fray are non-Qatari as three of the 18 members of the Consultative Committee need to be foreigners in keeping with the law.
There are a total of 14,000 teachers, assistant teachers, coordinators and administrative staff members in more than a 170 Independent Schools.
The election being conducted online is taking place over three days. Some voters, according to Al Sharq, are facing problems in casting their ballot due to technical glitches in the electronic voting system.
The Consultative Committee will, obviously, have no executive powers, and will highlight problems and challenges faced by academic and administrative staff of Independent Schools.
The panel will also be authorised to discuss policies and programmes aimed at improving the performance of teachers and non-teaching staff of Independent Schools and make suggestions to the Supreme Education Council (SEC) to influence its decision-making.