The Education Council today held its second meeting of the year under the chairmanship of H.E Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al- Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Council.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Council advised members of the Council that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said approved the education philosophy in the Sultanate of Oman which includes the main sources and the general aim and principles for education in the Sultanate. The philosophy will serve as a constructive reference for building national education policies and for guiding the continuous development of all stages and types of education.

The Council reviewed the measures taken with regard to proposed education stages and pathways for the education system in the Sultanate and decided to continue study on this issue.

The Council also discussed the needs in female teaching staffs at the first cycle of basic education and means of meeting such needs, such as opening bachelor degree program for this cycle, as well as take necessary measure to initiate this program at teacher preparation institutions in the Sultanate.

Within the framework of the efforts made to develop technical education and vocational training and enhance the level of its programs to meet the economic needs of the Sultanate, the Council approved amending the names of vocational training centers to vocational colleges and change the name of the Fishermen Rehabilitation Institute in Al Khabourah' to a professional college for maritime technologies and sciences.

The Council also discussed a proposal to provide children suffering from autism with high quality education and rehabilitation services that make them more adaptable with school environment. The Council delegated the Ministry of Education with the task of taking necessary measure in this regard.

It also discussed providing private education and training institutions that are in the first category, as well as the training units at the higher education institutions with the license to provide vocational diploma programs. The Council gave instruction to complete necessary procedures in this regard.