Indian expatriates are among the biggest groups of people residing in the country. Being one of the biggest, one of their constant gripes is about the lack of enough quality school options for their children.
Now it seems as though their long wait for action is finally coming to an end. A senior official at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has said he expected as many as six new Indian schools to open up in Qatar over the course of 2017.
Some Indian schools have been asked to suspend new admissions as the current numbers have already exceeded the permissible level. Hamad Al Ghali, Director of Private Schools Office at the Ministry, said that two Indian schools were given halting orders.
“We’ve asked MES Indian School and Ideal Indian School to not take any new students for the next academic year due to safety and security issues,” Al Ghali was quoted as saying by The Peninsula.
MES Indian School currently has 8,000 students and capacity for only 5,000. Ideal Indian School has 6,000 students on its rolls, more than double the permitted number of 2,800 students.
“No other private school has been stopped from admitting new students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Six new Indian schools will open during the next academic year,” Al Ghali told The Peninsula.
Indian school officials say that they are unable to accommodate all children with their existing capacity.