DOHA, Qatar, Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education is continuing with the implementation of its 2017-2022 plan, that aims to develop a world class educational system, a senior official said.

Addressing a press conference, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi, said, the five-year strategy, focuses on providing suitable training for teachers, to equip them to make vital contribution to society, while boosting the core values and traditions of the Qatari society.

“There are also a host of programmes the ministry is undertaking, including improving pre-school education, and linking higher education with the job market,” he said.

The Ministry is ready to start the 2018/2019 academic year on Aug 27, he said.

Al-Nuaimi wished the students, parents, teachers, and all partners of the educational process, success in the new academic year. He said that the ministry has already completed all the preparations for the classes to commence in the new academic year.

The total number of teachers in the public school system has now gone up to 13,440. There are 13,591 teachers in private schools.

Among the highlights of the new academic year are the opening of Qatar Science and Technology School, development of technical education and improving services for students with disabilities, and gifted students.