Nearly 750,000 students in sultanate’s schools

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The total number of students in the sultanate’s schools during the academic year 2016/17 was 748,308 in 1,725 schools with an average of 26 students per class and 11 students per teacher. 

These schools comprised 28,879 classes, while the number of teachers was 68,384, according to data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The statistics bulletin shows that students in the sultanate study in five types of schools – public, private, international (foreign communities), private education schools and other public schools.

The bulletin showed that 75.4 per cent of the students were enrolled in public schools.

The number of enrolled students in public schools was 564,356, followed by private schools with 103,358 students at 13.8 per cent.

International schools and foreign community schools accounted for 8.3 per cent with 61,930 students.

The percentage of students in other public schools stood at 2.4 per cent with 18,148 students.

The highest percentage of students in the sultanate’s schools were enrolled for basic education followed by those in grades five to ten which accounted for 39.7 per cent with 297,381 students. Of these 152,704 were males and 144,677 females.

Those in primary education accounted for 31.4 per cent of the total number of students. The number of students in this category stood at 234,843. Of these 119,142 were males and 115,701 females. There were 84,276 students (11.3 per cent) in the 11th and 12th grades of which 42,786 were males and 41,490 females.

Kindergartens accounted for 10.4 per cent of the students with 78,019 students, including 39,217 males and 38,802 females.

Other general education institutions, which includes general education for grades 1-12 in international schools (foreign communities) and other public schools, had comprised 7.2 per cent of the students.

The number of students in special education schools inside and outside the sultanate reached 549, including 336 males and 213 females.

The number of students in the sultanate reached 516 and outside at 33. Mental disability was predominant among students enrolled in special education schools with a total of 210 students, followed by 181 deaf and dumb students and 157 visually impaired students.

The number of students in the literacy centres in the sultanate stood at 6,935, (97.5 per cent were females). The number of students in adult education centres was 11,904, (of which 78 per cent were males).

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