School principals for Al-Sharq: 5 goals for the new academic calendar

School principals for Al-Sharq: 5 goals for the new academic calendar
School principals for Al-Sharq: 5 goals for the new academic calendar
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School principals for Al-Sharq: 5 goals for the new academic calendar

January 26, 2023, 07:00am

Schools and students

Amr Abdel Rahman

School principals praised the decision of the Minister of Education to amend the academic calendar, stressing that the decision included a number of important amendments, which came out of the keenness of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to achieve academic goals, and to redistribute school days in a balanced and thoughtful manner.

They added, in statements to Al-Sharq, that the decisions may be received by some parents incorrectly, and it may be understood that the cancellation of the mid-semester leave is a step to reduce vacation days, but it is merely a redistribution of vacations between the first and second semesters, which gives students more time to restore activity, and in order to The majority of vacations throughout the year are not concentrated in one semester and not the other. Therefore, school administrations will seek to correct any misconceptions parents have about the decision.

Mr. Abdullah Al-Kuwari, Director of the Qatar School of Banking Sciences, said that in view of the decision to amend the academic calendar, we find that school days have been re-distributed between the two semesters, so that the first semester becomes 4 months, and the second semester from 5 to 6 months, interspersed with some vacations, in order to achieve savings. The appropriate amount of holidays for students and teachers in schools.

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Pointing out that determining the academic calendar for the next four years also achieves stability at the administrative level. In turn, Professor Fahd Al-Derham, Director of Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Secondary School, praised the recent decisions, pointing out that conducting the second round exams at the beginning of the academic year instead of taking them during the summer vacation will allow more time for students who were not lucky in the end-of-year exams to study and compensate, and it also allows Seeking help from teachers after returning from vacation to review with them before each exam, which may not be available when exams are conducted during the summer vacation period, pointing out that the calendar also took into account the moderate distribution of vacations between the first and second semesters, which is also a good thing that helps students as well as teachers. To renew the activity after each semester test, especially since the second semester already includes many holidays, as well as the holy month of Ramadan, in which the daily school hours are reduced.

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For his part, Mr. Jamal Al-Jaber, Director of Talha Bin Obaidullah School, confirmed that the evaluation took into account the good preparation of the teaching and administrative staff before receiving students and the start of the academic year, for the purposes of training and professional development of staff in the school field, which is a successful step that will help school administrations to prepare well before the start of the year. Filling vacancies, training new and transferred teachers from other schools, providing textbooks, and preparing the school building, well in advance of students returning to school. Mr. Jassim Al-Muraikhi, Principal of Abdullah Al-Misnad Secondary School for Boys, explained that the school calendar was flexible enough to make adjustments that are commensurate with requirements, developments and learning standards with regard to the approved time for schooling. This is also one of the advantages of the last amendment, to prepare for all developments that may arise, and to deal with them without prejudice to the educational process and academic achievement.

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