Vocational and technical education from next year: Oman’s Ministry

MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Muscat on Sunday.

At the outset of the meeting, His Majesty the Sultan gave thanks and praise to Allah the Almighty for the riches which He has bestowed on Oman, its loyal people, and all those residing on its land. His Majesty the Sultan prayed to the Almighty to perpetuate these bountiful gifts, stability, and peace on this benign land and all countries of the world. He pleaded to the Almighty to bless the efforts of all diligent people and grant them good luck and success.

Then, His Majesty reviewed local and international conditions.

As part of His Majesty’s constant care and follow-up of the educational system – its development and upgrading to meet the goals of Oman Vision 2040, and its aspirations to efficiently groom generations of citizens and prepare them to possess skills and command capabilities in various fields, His Majesty the Sultan gave directives to the Council of Ministers to go ahead with the application of the system of “Vocational and Technical Education”, which aims to enable students of Grades 11 and 12 to choose educational tracks within a range of professional and technical fields, including engineering and industrial specializations.

The Council of Ministers approved that plan within the framework of the study presented by the Ministry of Education, which included new educational tracks and curricula designed to keep pace with the requirements of sustainable development and future skills.

This is in addition to restructuring the educational system’s configuration so that the “Vocational and Technical Education System” would begin to be implemented, and the study plan applied, with effect from the next academic year 2023/2024.

His Majesty the Sultan commended the status of teachers and their active role in the upbringing of generations of Omani citizens, instilling in them sublime values and virtues, the Council of Ministers approved the allocation of ‘Omani Teacher’s Day’ – which falls on February 24 every year – as an official holiday for all teachers and occupants of relevant supporting jobs in public and private schools.

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