Schools reopen in Oman after summer break

MUSCAT — Nearly 550,000 students went back to their classes as state-run schools re-opened in Oman on Saturday after the long summer break.

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Published: Mon 20 Sep 2010, 1:11 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:36 AM

Education Minister Yahya bin Saud Al Sulaimi, in a speech to mark the occasion, called for cooperation of parents, school and the community to foster good education.

The total number of 540,652 pupils in the new 2010-11 academic year consists of 270,357 boys and 260,295 girls and includes 37,983 new students going to school for the first time. The country currently has 1,039 schools, including 347 for boys, 198 for girls and 494 co-educational. Basic education schools account for 823 of the total, general education schools 133 and independent grade 11 and 12 schools 83.

The number of teachers is 40,986, men accounting for 14,513 and women 26,473, 90 per cent of whom are nationals. Encouraging students to “work hard for better results” and urging teachers to put in more efforts, Sulaimi underlined that successful education “is the fruit of close cooperation of home, school and the community”.

He added that “building a positive student character requires intensive efforts to imbue students with values including scientific principles, moral norms and patriotism”.

Sulaimi said Oman’s school students would be participating in a big way in festivals marking the country’s 40th National Day this year.

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