(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has announced the launch of a comprehensive educational e-survey on public and private schools and kindergartens.
The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Khalid al-Harqan, assistant undersecretary for Evaluation Affairs, Mona al-Kuwari, director of the Schools Evaluation Department, and Hassan al-Mohamedi, director of the Public Relations and Communication Department at the ministry.
Al-Harqan stressed that the educational survey is among the key tools for evaluation, and it will be conducted electronically through a link to be shared with parents through text messages (SMS).
Parents shall enter their Qatar ID number and fill out the questionnaire.
Accordingly, parents, teachers, principals and students in all government and private schools will take part in the survey, the ministry said in a press statement.
'We look forward to the active participation of parents in this survey, as the online system provides a greater level of flexibility and the parents can fill out the questionnaire at ease, al-Harqan added.
Noting that parents are 'partners in education, he said: 'We are very keen to ensure a developed education system.
'Therefore, I call upon all parents to participate in this questionnaire initiative.
'The indicators extracted from the survey will help promote our education system.
'The online system comes within the framework of the continuous upgrade of services provided by the ministry to all stakeholders in the educational process.
Al-Kuwari said that the Schools Evaluation Department had formed a committee comprising educational experts from the department and other departments concerned within the ministry, and experts in the education field.
It also included teachers, co-ordinators and vice-principals of schools and kindergartens.
Their mission was to revise the content of the survey to meet the requirements of the evaluation process and measure the reality of the educational process.
She said that the e-survey will continue until the end of April so that more parents, students, teachers and school principals can participate in the survey.
Further, al-Kuwari said the ministry will analyse the results of the survey to identify key indicators related to the educational system in the country.
She urged parents to take part after receiving text messages in Arabic and English.
The survey targets 365 schools 200 government and 165 private and 20,601 parents.
The Schools Evaluation Department, in co-operation with relevant authorities at the ministry, annually conducts the comprehensive educational survey for all public and private schools to collect data on most aspects of the educational process, to draw a clear and comprehensive picture of education in schools across Qatar to ensure that the strategic goals are being achieved and to take the right decisions for the ongoing development of education in the country.
The survey is being carried out electronically for the first time.
The benefits of conducting an online survey are many, including ensuring compatibility with the policy of the ministry to shift all transactions onto an online and paperless system, and ensuring transparency and privacy for respondents.
Technical support will be provided to parents, students and teachers in the event of any problems.
The survey includes a questionnaire for students (Grades 6 to 12), teachers and parents.