A delegation consisting of members of the parliament’s Education Committee conducted unannounced field inspection visits to a number of schools in the Capital and Jahra Governorates in order to determine the level of readiness for the start of the new 2021/2022 academic year. These field inspections, which took place Thursday, happened while the public schools are preparing to resume on October 3. In this regard, the Minister of Education Dr. Ali Al-Mudhaf issued a decision to bar private and foreign schools from increasing the school fees for the coming academic year. According to the ministry’s decision, private and foreign schools must impose the same fees that were sanctioned before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated the ministry to impose a discount of 25 percent on these fees.
In a recent press statement, the Ministry of Education endorsed the decision, which allows the public schools to resume classes based on the traditional learning system on October 3. The private schools that follow foreign curricula could resume normal classes from September 26. Private schools with foreign curricula are allowed to activate distance education through online educational platforms that include virtual classrooms and all other learning resources, according to the work system approved by the private and qualitative education sectors. This also applies to Arab and model private schools that follow the national curricula. Regarding the school fees, the ministry explained that the provisions of the ministerial Resolution No. 10/2018 regarding tuition fees for private schools in accordance with ministerial Resolution No. 61/2020 will continue to be applied. The decision authorized the assistant undersecretary for Private and Special Education to issue executive decisions and regulations, and impose appropriate penalties on schools that are proven to be in violation of it and other decisions issued to implement or organize the return to school procedures.