Applicants must prove ability to run schools

Revised rules for school licensing

 06 Nov 2016 - 8:51

Revised rules for school licensing
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Mohammed Osman | The Peninsula

Doha: Private Schools are not permitted to receive gifts or donations from any sources without prior permission from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, according to revised licensing guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Private Schools are also required to provide the Ministry, before the beginning of every academic year, with details of tuition fees and other charges that will be collected from the students.

The revised guidelines for licensing of private schools have been issued by the Private Schools Office at the Ministry as the ministry has invited applications from individuals and companies who are interested to open new private schools.

The guidelines aim to achieve some specific goals including unification of the procedures, requirements and conditions and streamlining the mandate of the competent departments at the ministry and their responsibilities towards the applicant, as well as the responsibilities of the applicant, the Ministry said yesterday.

The conditions and procedures specified in the guidelines need to be fulfilled by the applicant to obtain a licence. 

Private schools have been instructed to provide parents with all information about the school and its services, while the Ministry will provide parents with necessary data about the performance of the school and its grading to help them select a school. 

The guidelines has mentioned a number of conditions that the applicant seeking a licence needs to meet, whether it is an individual, company or legal entity.

The applicant must not be an employee of the ministry or its affiliate institutions and must not have any direct interest with the Ministry throughout the licencing period.

Companies registered in Qatar as well as international companies with no local registration can apply for opening private schools. Any changes in the preapproved school activities and programmes require a fresh approval of the ministry.

Private school will be fully under the monitoring of the ministry, especially its buildings, properties and teaching aids while the Ministry of Public Health will have the right to monitor the health situation in the schools.

The guidelines have also mentioned building specifications, work system, education system, lists of documents needed to be submitted by the applicant, among other information required by the applicants.

The applicant needs to prove that he/she is capable to run the school financially and administratively, provide with a feasibility study and education plan.  Any delay in providing with the required documents could lead to delays in finalizing the procedures.

Applications can be made online but the documents should be submitted only as hard copies, said the ministry. Applications are received in November and December every year. There were guidelines for private school licensing issued by the erstwhile Supreme Education Council (SEC) and this is the first guideline being issued by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education since it replaced the SEC.