Student Numbers in Government Schools Dip, While Private School Enrollments Grow
15/04/2014 10:46 am EDT


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General education statistical data revealed a decline in the number of students enrolled in government schools during the school years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013, while the number if students in private schools increased during the same period.

The statistics also revealed that the number of Omani teachers in private schools is low, and the number of female Omani teachers was more than male teachers in the school year 2012/2013. Education Statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed that the total number of students registered in governmental schools decreased in the years 2011/2012, and 2012/2013 compared with the school year 2010/2011 by (1%) and ( 0.5%) respectively.

The total number of students in governmental schools in the year 2010/2011 stood at 522,520 students. However, that number decreased in the year 2011/2012 to 517,053 students, and 514,667 students in government schools for the year 2012/2013.

On the other hand, the total number of students registered in private schools increased by 9% in the school year 2011/2012 and by 11% in the school year 2012/2013 when compared with the school year 2010/2011. The total number of students registered in private schools in the school year 2010/2011 stood at 65,326 students, increasing to 71,274 students in the school year 2011/2012 and 79,382 students in the school year 2012/2013.

The NCSI statistics showed that Al-Batinah North governorate was ranked the first for the total students registered in the school year 2012/2013 in governmental schools with 101,308 pupils enrolled, followed by Muscat governorate with 87,995 students enrolled. The least number of students registered in government schools was in Musandam with 4,805 students.

Regarding the teaching faculty in government schools according to nationality and gender in the school year 2012/2013, the statistics revealed that the total number of within the teaching faculty in government schools reached 53,195 teachers. Total Omani teachers reached 46,420 of both genders, making up 87.3% of the total teaching faculty in government schools. Non-Omani teachers totaled 6,775 teachers in the same period.

The statistics revealed that the number of students registered in private schools in the school year 2012/2013 (including, kindergarten, basic education and classes 11 and 12) reached 79,382 students, comprised of 43,336 male students and 36,046 female students.

Muscat governorate was ranked the first with 38,896 students enrolled in private schools, followed by Al-Batinah North with 10,396 students. The lowest number of students enrolled in private schools was found in Al-Wusta with only 50 students registered. Female teachers in private schools account for the majority of the teaching faculty for the school year 2012/2013 with 5,244 female teachers which is 83.9% of the total teaching faculty.

The number of non-Omani teachers constitute 60.4% of the faculty, with 3,772 teachers. Meanwhile, the number of Omani teachers in private schools stood at 2,476 teachers in the same school year, which accounts for 39.6 % of the total teaching faculty, while only 31 of them only were Omani male teachers, while the number of Omani female teachers in private schools stood at 2,445 teachers.

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