The strategy will serve as a constructive reference for building national education policies.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has approved the education philosophy in the Sultanate of Oman which includes the main sources and the general aim and principles for education in the country. This was informed by Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Education Council during its second meeting of the year. The strategy, he said, will serve as a constructive reference for building national education policies and for guiding the continuous development of all stages and types of education.
The council during its meeting reviewed the measures taken with regard to proposed education stages and paths for the education system in the Sultanate and decided to continue study on this issue. The council also discussed the need for women teaching staff during the first cycle of basic education and means of meeting such needs, such as opening bachelor degree programme for this cycle, as well as take necessary measures to initiate this programme at various teaching institutions in the Sultanate.
Within the framework of the efforts made to develop technical education and vocational training and enhance the level of its programmes to meet the economic needs of the Sultanate, the council approved amending the names of vocational training centres to vocational colleges and change the name of the Fishermen Rehabilitation Institute in Al Khabourah to professional college for maritime technologies and sciences.
The council also discussed a proposal to provide children suffering from autism with high quality education and rehabilitation services which make them more adaptable with school environment.
The council delegated the Ministry of Education with the task of taking necessary measures in this regard.
It also discussed providing private education and training institutions (first category), as well as training units at the higher education institutions with the license to provide vocational diploma programmes. The council gave instruction to complete necessary procedures in this regard.