The Private Schools Affairs Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education yesterday held a meeting with the managements of the private schools to discuss the new academic guidelines for the school year 2019-2020.
Rawdah Zaidan, director of the Private Schools Affairs Department, attended the meeting alongside a number of the directors of private schools, and 120 co-ordinators of the three mandatory subjects (Arabic Language, Islamic Education, and the History of Qatar).
The meeting focused on the new policy of the ministry which regulates the mechanism of teaching the three subjects, in addition to accrediting the updated teaching periods.
Zaidan pointed out that all teachers should abide by the teaching hours for the three mandatory subjects in a way that would not negatively impact other subjects and activities at the school.
The Arabic language classes should be distributed fairly across the school schedule.
The classes of the three compulsory subjects should not be kept for the end of the school day.
The views and suggestions of parents should be taken into consideration and the school management should be keen to communicate with them and resolve any problems.
The official said that parents should approve the teaching their children Qatari history in English if they opted for it.
Besides, when teaching Arabic, the students should be classified and separated into Arabic speaking and non-Arabic speaking.
The meeting also reviewed the mechanism of following up and supervising private schools by the department concerned at the ministry.
According to the new directives, Arabic should have four hours a week, Qatar History one hour and Islamic Education two hours a week.