NIZWA: Al Dakhiliyah’s education officials have completed preparations to receive 102,947 students including 10,314 first graders in 158 public schools for the new academic year beginning on Sunday.
The schools will function according to the Covid-19 protocol set by the Supreme Committee and the Ministry of Education.
The total number of teachers, administrators and other staff is 9,342 distributed over 3,620 academic divisions.
Saif bin Hamad bin Khalfan al Abdali, Assistant Director-General for Planning, Human Resources Development and Information Technology, and Acting Director-General of the General Directorate of Education in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, said, “ I am pleased to congratulate the teachers and our students on the launch of the new school year 2021/2022. All developments related to the administrative, technical and financial aspects were identified through holding periodic meetings with directors of departments and specialists in the directorate. It includes receiving new teachers appointed in the governorate, and announcing the transfer of teachers and administrators.
“We make sure text books will be distributed to the governorate’s 158 schools. The directorate also worked on preparing school buildings to receive students, especially those that had undergone renovation. The premises were cleaned before teachers and administrators started their work.”
On vaccination, Al Abdali explained that the indicators are reassuring regarding the numbers of teachers and students who are vaccinated. Coordination is in place with the General Directorate of Health Services in the governorate to ensure the return of students to school and adopting the appropriate health protocol in this regard.
Al Abdali said the mode of education will be based on the general framework set by the Ministry of Education. Students of 1-6 grades will be taught in the blended education system, while grades 7-12 will be under the direct education system, where students will come to classes to take the lessons.
The governorate this year appointed 420 new teachers including 71 men and 349 women who completed the appointment procedures and training. The committee also completed the transfer of 103 academic and non-academic staff.
The number of those transferred out of the governorate reached 351 employees while those moved to the governorate amounted to 280.
A training programme for new teachers will be implemented in the first week of the academic year. It will explain the developments in educational platforms and the most important applications that help teachers and school administrations to achieve the goals set for the new academic year.
The Department of Projects and Services ensured the readiness of the school premises to receive students. The Al Dakhiliyah Directorate of Education has also renovated eight school buildings in the governorate, and carried out maintenance of 26 school buildings.
The 106 private schools are also ready for the new academic year. The officials have organised several online meetings with owners and principals of these schools to discuss developments and clarify the general framework for the operation of schools, precautionary and preventive aspects to ensure the safety of students and staff working in light of the pandemic.
The directorate has also announced the start of registration for the literacy and adult education centres based on the ministerial decision (181/2021). It has set up a team to review the eligibility for registration for the 2021-2022 school year.