(MENAFN - Gulf Times) HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi said on Wednesday that education will remain the primary investment for the State of Qatar, given its an investment in human capital that makes great returns in all fields.
The minister was speaking during the annual reception ceremony held for new Qatari teachers who will begin their academic careers for 2019-2020.
He praised the new teachers for joining the profession and stressed that it is one of the main pillars of Qatar's progress and said the quality of education will remain the responsibility of all teachers in the country, adding that they have a great responsibility in preparing strong cadres that can provide great service to Qatar in many fields.
Al-Hammadi said the 2019-2020 academic year will see 219 teachers from Qatar join public schools.
He noted that the ministry through its "Tomouh" programme sends students to the College of Education at Qatar University. A total of 511 students joined the programme, 420 of whom were Qataris and 91 being residents, who will all play a part in providing the educational system with teachers.
He said the ministry is working on attracting the College of Education graduates outside of its programme. The ministry is also co-operating with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs to attract students from other colleges in Qatar University such as the College of Arts and Sciences.
The minister said the Ministry of Education and Higher Education is doing its utmost to provide an inspiring educational environment that appreciates teachers, and thanked all the ministry's partners who contributed in adding more Qatari teachers.
Meanwhile, Nada Ali, a teacher gave a speech at the annual ceremony and praised the new teachers, saying that the profession has deep-rooted principles that must never waiver regardless of the challenges. She called for stronger co-operation between teachers, students, and parents to create a more inspiring educational process and to promote important values in the new generation.
For his part, student Jaber al-Athba said in a speech that the new teachers will be a strong addition to the educational system in the State of Qatar.
He highlighted that education remains one of the main priorities of Qatar National Vision 2030, given education is a pillar of human capital development. He called on his fellow students to remain dedicated to education in order to make themselves and their families proud, as well as to continue the country's development journey. The new 2019-2020 year will begin next Sunday for students.