NCSI Releases School Education Bulletin

Muscat, A statistical data recently issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed a number of good indicators on school education in the Sultanate.

According to the data, the average number of school students in the academic year 2018/2019 reached about 418 in each school, with 26 students in each class and one teacher for every 11 students in Oman.

The same data published in the school education bulletin showed that the gross ratio of enrollment in the first-grade classes, which indicate the number of newly enrolled children in the first-grade classes regardless of age, reached 101.3% in the academic year 2017/2018. Meanwhile, the net enrollment ratio in first-grade classes, which indicates the number of children enrolled in the education system at the age of six regardless of grade, reached 96.5%.

The gross enrollment ratio in grades 1 to 6 in the academic year 2017/2018 recorded at 100.9% while for grades 7 to 9; it was recorded at 103.9%. As for grades 10 to 12, it was at 96.6%, and for preschool education grades, it was at 50.2% in the same academic year.

The amended adjusted net enrollment ratio in grades 1 to 6 was 98.3%, and in grades 7 to 9, was at 96.5%. For grades 10 to 12, it was at 86.7% while the survival rate of student in grade 6 was 99.6%.

The school education bulletin pointed out that during the academic year 2018/2019, the total number of students in various grades in the Sultanate reached 805,329 in about 1,927 schools in the country. These schools have 30,502 classrooms, with the number of teachers reaching 70,285.

Public school students make up 75.3% of the total school students in Oman, reaching 606,153, followed by private schools with 14.4% of the total school students in Oman, reaching 116,483. International schools (foreign communities) accounted for 7.9% of students, with the numbers reaching 63,391.

The other kind of public schools, which include Islamic institutes, schools of the Royal Guard of Oman, schools affiliated to the Royal Aviation school of Oman, schools of the Royal Oman Police, educational centers affiliated to the Ministry of Endowments Religious Affairs and nurseries belonging to the Omani woman’s associations, have 2.3% of the total school students in Oman, reaching 18,777 students while special education schools reach 0.1%, with 525 students.

The highest percentage of students in the schools of the Sultanate in the academic year 2018/2019 was in the second stage of the basic education sector of grades (5-10), making up 39.1% of the total students of Oman schools, reaching 314,961 students, including 161,716 males and 153,245 females.

The first stage of the basic education sector of grades 1 to 4 had 32.3% of the total school students, reaching 259,920 students, including 131,897 males and 128,023 females while school education after the basic grades of 11-12 was about 10.8%, reaching 86,625, including 43,970 males and 42,655 females.

As for kindergartens centers, they accounted for 10.9% of the students, reaching 88,019 students, including 44,519 males and 43,500 females while the other stages of education, including general education for grades of 1 to 12 in international schools (foreign communities) and schools of the Royal Guard of Oman and institutes of Islamic students was 6.9%, with 55,804 students, of whom 29,194 were males and 26,610 were females.

Furthermore, the number of students in special education schools by type of disability, inside and outside the Sultanate reached 555 students, including 315 males and 240 females, with 525 students out of them studying in Oman and 30 students studying abroad.

The number of students in adult education centers in the Sultanate stood at 8,087 students, with the majority of them being 6,035 males while the number of students in literacy centers reached 5,636, with the majority being females, with their numbers reaching 5,468 students.

The School Education Bulletin statistics version 9 � 2019 is available in the website of the National Centre for Statistics and Information www.ncsi.gov.om

Source: Oman News Agency