Local history a must in Qatar’s private and community schools

September 19, 2010
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Qatar’s private and community school students will have to learn the country’s history under a new ruling issued by the education ministry.

Education Minister Saad Bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud on Friday said that Qatar’s history will be a compulsory element in the social studies of all private and community schools.

At least 60 per cent of the curriculum is to be implemented from this academic year and the remaining from next year, a ministerial statement said.

The idea is to familiarise expatriate students with the history of Qatar and to introduce them to the history of Arabs and Islam.

However, one private school on Saturday said that it had not received from the competent regulator on the matter.

“We have not heard anything from the authorities so far in this regard,” a source in an Indian school told Qatari daily The Peninsula.

According to the source, private schools were invited a few months by the Supreme Education Council (SEC), the regulator of schools, to an “interactive session” that included the issue of teaching Qatar’s history.

“But no details were given by the SEC and we have not received any circular on the issue so far,” said the source.

Schools re-open on Sunday in Qatar following a long break that included the month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr during which students tend to stay up late.

Public health authorities said that schools should allow students more time for sports to enable them to remain physically fit and avoid obesity and diabetes.

According to the public health authorities, the latest studies suggest that 39 percent of primary school students in the country suffer from obesity.

Health officials also asked schools to appoint dieticians who will keep a check on school canteens and prevent them from serving oily food or food that contains a lot of calories, The Peninsula said.

 

         

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