A specialised training programme implemented by the Ministry of Education (MoE), represented by the Specialised Institute for Vocational Training for Teachers, kicked off on Sunday. To run till February 3, 2022, more than 100 Bachelor of Education graduates will be trained through the programme.
It will enrol trainee teachers for kindergarten, pre-school and early education students in public schools within the framework of the National Employment Initiative.
The implementation of this specialised training programme is the result of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s keen interest to prepare Omani youth for employment, and his constant affirmation that they are the wealth of the nation and its resources.
This is also part of MoE’s efforts to upskill citizens to professional levels and prepare them for work and to replace non-Omani cadres, especially in the teaching profession.
‘Statistics of the past academic year – 2020/2021 – indicate that there were 1,040 non-Omani female teachers and a shortage of qualified Omani teaching competencies, while there is an increasing number of students registered for pre-primary education,’ an MoE statement said.
‘It is expected that 73,000 male and female students will enrol in Grade 1 in the academic year 2021/2022.’
The specialised training programme for graduates of Bachelor of Education to teach kindergarten, pre-school children and early education children will take place in two phases.
The first phase is a six-week training programme from August 22 to September 30. In the seventh week, training will be conducted remotely. In the eighth and ninth weeks, there will be field training in the appointed schools.
In the second phase, training will be decentralised following which the educational directorates of the governorates will appoint the trainees as teachers.
The training programme aims to provide the graduates with effective teaching strategies for the classroom situation, as well as to direct them to employ new platforms and educational tools.
It also aims to deepen the graduates’ understanding of educational developments in the educational system, in addition to enabling them to apply assessment tools to provide them with professional self-development skills.