Muscat: The government and private schools in the Sultanate of Oman started the new academic year 2023/2024, with teaching and administrative staff getting back to work, and preparing themselves to welcome around 780,000 students.
The number of teachers in 1,270 government schools is 60,840 with an Omanisation rate of 87.5%, besides 11,509 administrators and technicians (6,922 females) in government schools with an Omanisation rate of 99.8%.
The number of teachers in special education schools is 284 with an Omanization rate of 93.5%. The number of administrators in special education schools is 65 with an Omanization rate of 85.4%.
The Ministry of Education completed the procedures for appointing 5,693 teachers who passed the written tests and personal interviews for this academic year, of whom 740 are male (13 percent), and 4,953 female teachers (87 percent).
The Ministry of Education added 17 new curricula for the academic year, and printed 260 books, including 15 new books, 62 international series books, and 183 reprinted books, in addition to the issuance of English language and information technology series for the third and fourth grades.
The new academic year witnesses the start of applying vocational and technical education for the first time in four schools for boys and girls in the governorates of Muscat and North al Batinah.
Starting next year, the project will witness an expansion in the application of vocational and technical education to include 600 students in the governorates of Muscat and North Al Batinah in engineering and industrial specializations proposed by the Omani Energy Society (OPAL).