New policy for early education in 11 primary schools

 21 Sep 2016 - 2:40

By Mohammed Osman 

DOHA: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has begun implementing a new policy for early education in 11 primary Independent schools. 
According to the new policy, the lower grades of the elementary education have been considered part of early education system which also include kindergartens (KGs). 
The selection of the 11 schools was based on factors such as gender (boys and girls), geographical location, teachers and whether the school is new or old. 
The early education policy was laid down by a committee established in accordance with a Ministerial Decision issued last year, said Aisha Mubarak Al Khulaifi, Director, Early Education Department at the ministry.
The policy proposes changes, including integration of Arabic language with social studies and teaching visual arts as part of language skills. The aim is to give more time to the teaching and learning of Arabic language, said Al Khulaifi.
As part of the policy, it has been decided to revoke the concept of home work, which will be carried out at the schools under the supervision of teachers utilising schooling time in a more effective way. 
This is to enable teachers evaluate the performance of children in a more constructive way, said Al Khulaifi. 
The committee comprised directors of kindergartens and schools, deputy directors and coordinators. 
Al Khulaifi said the pilot project will be assessed and gradually expanded to more schools. Continuous assessment method will be used to evaluate student performance at the lower grades of the elementary level, Al Khulaifi said. 
The department is about to launch a campaign under the title ‘If you don’t see Him, He sees you’ to enhance piety and virtue in the early years, he added.

The Peninsula