Qatar schooling costs near $3,000 a month - report

Supreme Education Council also highlights disturbing rates of absenteeism and tardiness

Monthly schooling expenses in Qatar are set to reach $3,000 per child, according to a survey from the Supreme Education Council (SEC).

According to the eighth Annual Report on Education in Schools in Qatar, released by the Evaluation Institute of the SEC, families in Qatar are spending $2,835 (QR10,208) to send their child to school every month.

The key findings of the report also state that students are absent from school nearly one day out of five, with the percentage of days during which students skip school reaching 17 percent. Tardiness occurs on 15 percent of days.

Students in independent schools spend an average of 1.7 hour every week doing their homework, with this figure rising to 2.3 hours for those studying at private Arabic schools and international schools.

Most students (69 percent) covered by the survey plan to go on to achieve postgraduate degrees.

In terms of teacher qualifications, only 25 percent are educated above bachelor’s degree level.

The report covered a total of nearly 300 schools, and included input from nearly 20,000 teachers, and 200,000 students in Qatar.

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