School and Education in Oman

It is not compulsory schooling, but it is a free school for the country’s residents from primary school to higher education. The primary school is 6 years old, the secondary school 6 years (3 + 3 years). Primary school is common for boys and girls. About. 75% of children attend primary school and 68% in high school. This proportion has increased significantly over the last 30 years (from 25% in 1975). In 1986, the country’s first university, Sultan Qaboos University, was opened. In addition, there are teacher schools, technical colleges, Islamic colleges and health institutes. About. 28% of the adult population was considered illiterate in 2000.

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The education of girls and women

An important key lies in the education of young girls and women. Oman is on its way here, even if it may still be long. Many women work at universities and in business in Oman, and great importance is attached to the education of girls. While in Saudi Arabia many women do not work in the end despite a good vocational training and remain stuck in their traditional roles, the situation in Oman is somewhat different.

Oman Country Flag

Oman flag source: Countryaah.com

Do the children go to school in Oman?

When the new sultan took over the government in Oman in 1970, there were just three schools and many people could neither read nor write. This changed after he took over the government and many new schools were founded. He also promoted schooling for girls. But there is still no general compulsory school attendance for children.

After all, school and education cost nothing and there is a comprehensive school up to the 10th grade. Before that, the school system was a three-tier system like in Germany. After comprehensive school or tenth grade, the children can still attend secondary school, which lasts three years. After all, 90 out of 100 children go to school in Oman.

There are now several universities in the country. Disabled people can also attend school. Children in remote villages are sometimes even flown to their school by helicopter – also on the initiative of the Sultan. Or they live in a boarding school for a few days.