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School registrations for the 2018-19 academic year to begin from March 1

By QLReporter

Every year, one main cause of concern for parents of children in Qatar is how to get them into good schools in the country.

A senior Education Ministry official has said that registrations at private schools for the 2018-19 academic year will begin on March 1 and run until October 18, 2018, according to Gulf Times.

Hamad Al Ghani Al Merri, Director of the Private Schools Licensing Department at the Education Ministry, added that those who are coming from outside the country can seek admission until January 31, 2019.

He said there would be a three-month grace period for meeting the age requirement for registration for the upcoming academic year for all the students in Qatar. “Registration wouldn’t be limited for births of up to September 30 and would be extended for those born up to December 31,” he was quoted as saying by Gulf Times.

He said schools may collect a seat reservation fee starting from March 1 until May 1, 2018, and any school collecting such fees before or after these dates would be violating rules.

The official said his department received 44 applications to open new private schools and kindergartens in the country and the applicants have been given time until June 30 to fulfil the formalities.

Hamad Al Merri said that while notifying parents about a potential fee hike is acceptable, it is considered a violation to collect any fees before the raise is approved by the Ministry of Education. Such schools would be penalised.

He said that there are some private schools that incur financial losses as they do not own buildings. He said the Ministry was keen to let such schools continue operation and enable them to offer their services to the people in the country.

“We study reasons behind the schools' financial losses. If these losses were due to mismanagement, their applications for hikes would be rejected,” he said.

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