By Sarah Townsend
Gulf state begins aggressive drive to recruit 1,500 new school teachers, most from Arab nations abroad
Qatar has launched an aggressive drive to recruit 1,500 new school teachers, many of them from Arab countries abroad, it was reported on Wednesday.
The country is facing a shortage of teachers in state schools and is considering fast-tracking overseas recruits through immigration in order to quickly fill vacancies.
It is targeting teachers from other Arab countries in particular, according to Doha News, and has received applications from teachers in Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Gaza and the West Bank and Saudia Arabia.
The newspaper reported that a director from Qatar’s Supreme Education Council (SEC) told Arabic daily Al Raya the new recruits will specialise in maths and science, but that only 300 teachers have been interviewed so far.
Unless the organisation ramps up its efforts to recruit from overseas it could struggle to meet its target, SEC director of shared services Omar Al Shahwany said.
Last year, Qatar launched a similar drive to attract 900 new state school teachers. The country has for some time now faced difficulties in attracting well trained teachers, meeting education targets and disciplining pupils.
Doha News cited an OECD index published this week that ranked Qatar near the bottom of 76 countries according to performance of 15-year-olds in maths and science.
Perhaps a better strategy might be to try and attract teachers from countries that scored high on the same metric. Otherwise ... are you really solving the problem?