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Private schools can have their own schedule for winter vacation

All private schools in the country can schedule their winter vacation according to their convenience, a senior official of the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has said. This assurance comes a major relief for many parents, as they are struggling to adjust their annual vacation with the school vacation schedule of their children. Speaking to Gulf Times, Hamad Mohamed al-Ghali, director of Private School at SEC, clarified that there was no directive from SEC to discontinue winter vacation. Of late, several schools had stopped the existing practice of winter vacation for the students, causing great difficulty for parents. Many parents had opined that a winter vacation, lasting for three to four weeks was a great convenience for them to travel home. Most of the Indian schools in the country used to have three weeks to one month winter vacation until two years ago. This was a great boon for many parents.…

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Many parents object to school’s tablet decision

A recent decision of Birla Public School (BPS) to introduce new tablets and related software for some of its classes has been questioned by many parents, who say the price of the package is “exorbitant”. The school, on its part, defended the decision and said it was a “price specifically set for the school” by the supplying company. Further, the BPS principal pointed out that similar packages were made available for students at almost double the price at some other schools. BPS recently informed parents about the move to introduce new tablets along with specific software for grades 7 and 8 for the CBSE International (CBSE-I) curriculum, starting from the next academic year. It has also given specifications of the tablet as well as the software through a circular, with the entire package being priced at QR2,850. Some of the parents, however, argued that as the students were following the…

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MES unlikely to get SEC nod for new admission this year

MES Indian School is unlikely to get permission from the Supreme Education Council (SEC) for admitting new students this year too. Hamad Mohamed al-Ghali, director of Private School at the SEC, told Gulf Times that the school has to start branch campuses to admit new students as the present strength of the school is beyond the permissible limits. Many community members feel that it will aggravate the present scenario of shortage of seats in Indian schools in the country. MES Indian School used to admit a large number of students every academic year, facilitating affordable education for the largest expatriate community in the country. The SEC official pointed out that “MES has over 10,400 children and their capacity is only for about 5,400. It is double than the capacity allowed by the SEC. Therefore,we did not allow the school to admit new students last year. This year also, MES will not…

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SEC official proposes Indian community school

Qatar government is willing to provide a purpose-built facility, free of rent, if the Indian embassy sets up a community school to overcome the shortage of school spaces, a senior official at the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has said. Hamad Mohamed al-Ghali, director of Private School at SEC, pointed out to Gulf Times on Sunday that many expatriate communities have their own community schools in Qatar. “But, unfortunately, the largest community in the country, still has no community school. A community school will help in solving some of the pressing admission worries of the Indian community.” The official clarified that “the school should be under the supervision of the Indian embassy and not under any individuals. If there is an agreement between the Qatar and Indian governments, a purpose-built building will be provided free of rent for the purpose.” Al-Ghali said that the authorities concerned can send in a request to…

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Schools searching for affordable new premises

Some Asian expatriate schools are unable to go ahead with their expansion plans due to the dearth of “affordable” and purpose-built complexes, it is learnt. In view of the growing demand for more seats, the schools’ authorities are keen to expand their facilities for the coming academic year. However, sources among the schools’ operators point out that despite this demand and an urgent need to enhance their facilities, the shortage of purpose-built and “affordable” buildings in and around Doha has adversely hit their plans. “While we are getting a large number of enquiries for new admissions at different levels in our school, we have not been able to locate a suitable and larger location where the school can be shifted in the coming year,” said a management committee member of one of the newly-started community schools. The operator said their school had been looking for larger premises somewhere in the…

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20 private schools apply for licences to operate

Twenty private schools have approached the Supreme Education Council (SEC) requesting licence to operate from next year after the Private School Office (PSO) started accepting applications last November, said a SEC source. A special committee from SEC will study the applications carefully to make sure they meet the requirements set by the PSO, said the source adding, the deadline for applying for licences expires in December. The source said the SEC will grant new licences only to those private and international schools which it feels would provide high quality education. The SEC will also make sure that new schools are opened in all areas of the country to give the student and the parent different options when choosing schools, he said. The source said that a number of private schools had approached the SEC requesting permission to hike fees but their applications had been rejected in the beginning of the…

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Attested TC required for school admissions

UPDATE : March 2015 – The below rule has been abolished, as SEC simplified school admissions process. Click here to read more. New enrolment rules being imposed by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) on private schools have made many students and parents jittery. Parents of several newly enrolled Indian students are running against time to get their children’s transfer certificates attested by authorities in India after the SEC made this attestation mandatory, say Indian school sources. Every student changing school and joining a private school in Qatar must produce a transfer certificate from the institution he or she previously studied in. As per the new rules, this certificate must be attested by the authorities in the home countries as well as the Qatari embassies there, said the sources. Certificates that fail to meet this requirement could be rejected by the SEC and the student may be denied admission. Some schools that…

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Rush for admission disrupts school website

The high demand for school admissions in Qatar has resulted in the disruption of Birla Public School’s website. The BPS Doha website had earlier announced that pre-registration to KG1 would open on 17th November at 8 pm. It was also mentioned that since the number of seats were limited, the system will stop automatically once the number is reached. In order not to loss the opportunity, parents started logging to the website much before the scheduled time, which resulted in its disruption due to heavy traffic. Much to the disappointment of parents, the website remained inaccessible late in to the night. Later on, the school management posted a message on their Facebook page : “Due to heavy load on the school website service was disrupted. We shall take the decision and put up on the website.” The website is functional now, but online pre-registration is not accessible. The parents will have to wait and see how the…

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Alert teacher helps avert fire at Indian school

A major fire at Doha Modern Indian School at Abu Hamour was averted by an alert teacher early morning yesterday. The incident was reported around 6.15am. The teacher, staying in the school’s accommodation in the neighbourhood, saw smoke emanating from one end of a corridor while she was carrying out her daily safety inspection. The alert lady immediately reported it to the security personnel on duty, who in turn informed the Civil Defence, said a senior school official. The Civil Defence personnel rushed to the school with two fire engines, accompanied by an ambulance and a water tanker. Meanwhile a number of children, mainly those who travel by school buses, had already arrived but were asked to wait outside the school building by the authorities. “The Civil Defence teams carried out their duties impeccably in no time and on their instructions the children were given a holiday by the school…

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School roads hit by frequent traffic jams

With scores of developmental projects, especially for road construction and upgrade works, being implemented simultaneously, the movement of traffic in Doha and its suburbs is increasingly becoming an uphill battle. Frequent traffic jams for long hours, especially during peak times (morning and evening), has become the common reason for missing appointments and late reporting in offices. Abu Hamour, Mamoura, 22-February Road, Madinat Khalifa (South), Al Markhiya, Al Wakra and Television roundabout, roads leading to industrial area, are some of the places which have been identified witnessing the worst traffic jams,  according to a latest survey conducted by Al Sharq. The daily reported that traffic diversion and road closures to make way for various infrastructure projects such as metro have further aggravated the situation in areas that usually remain crowded during normal days. The report has also identified specific reasons for traffic jams in different areas of the city. For instance,…