By Claire Ferris-Lay
Highest proportion of teachers found in Gulf state’s primary schools, report says
More than 30 percent of school teachers in Qatar are not qualified to teach, it has been reported.
A report by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) found that to up to 31 percent of teachers in the Gulf state have no formal qualifications with the highest concentration in primary schools, The Peninsula reported quoting an Arabic daily newspaper.
The survey said 27 percent of unqualified teachers teach at preparatory level while 25 percent are at secondary level.
Anecdotal evidence suggested teachers at non-Arab expatriate community and embassy-run schools are even less qualified, said the newspaper.
Qatar, holder of the world’s third largest natural gas reserves, is spending billions of dollars on diversifying its economy and plans to invest in infrastructure and education projects. The Gulf state is already home to Ivy League colleges Weill Cornell and Georgetown University.
The Gulf’s model of luring elite Western colleges to the region has been criticised by education experts as universities are failing to match their courses and costs to the local market.
“Knowledge cities become a prestige initiative for governments and they look for brand names to come in that are not connected with the degree offerings that the local market place has,” Robert Lytle, co-head of US consultancy Parthenon Group’s Education Centre of Excellence, told Arabian Business in February.
“These are very difficult schools to get into. It’s a very academically focused, intellectual experience, [and] many people aren’t seeking that experience. Many are seeking real employability skills training, things they can take and immediately use and get on with,” he added.