Ramadan timing for govt schools

 22 May 2017 - 0:53

Ramadan timing for govt schools
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By Mohammed Osman / The Peninsula

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education yesterday announced change in school timings with arrival of the Holy month of Ramadan. In a circular issued by the Department of School Affairs at the Ministry and directed to government school principles, all students will start leaving the school on 11am starting from today.

As per the Ministry’s “keenness and to make it easier for the students", it has been decided to change the end of school time and accordingly, student will leave the schools by 11am starting from Monday, said the Ministry in the circular.

Private schools in Qatar teach some different 23 curriculums, and accordingly each school has different school days, and its own school hours therefore we cannot ask them to reduce or increase their timing, Hamad Al Ghali, Director of Private Schools Licensing, at the Ministry of Education told The Peninsula when asked about any changes in private schools timing during the holy month of Ramadan.

Private schools are not obligated with the timing circular issued by the Ministry of Education for government schools, Al Ghali stressed, adding that they are free to adjust their timing in the way they prefer and does not affect their their annual teaching and learning plans.

In same context Fawzia Al-Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education said during a media briefing that school calendar for the academic year 2017/18 had all cares for the interest of the students, teachers and parents.

In a meeting held with representatives of local media last Thursday, Al Khater pointed out that the calendar has been developed for the coming three years and approved by teachers' consultancy committee and the consultancy committee of school operators.

The aim is to compensate the loses occurred because of changes in school timetables or because of finishing exams before Eid Al Fiter. In regard to cancelling the mid-term vacation (spring vacation) Al Khater highlighted that the vacation will only be cancelled during the academic year 2017-18 and it will resume as usual in the next year 2018-2019. According to the new calendar, exams will only take eight days instead of 13 days, said Al Khater adding that the total leave of teachers will be 50 days starting from July 8, continuing to August 26 and this include Eid Al Adha vacation.