PRIVATE schools in Bahrain that continue to underperform have been given two weeks to come up with a plan to improve their performances or risk losing their licences, it has emerged.
Following an assessment of 74 private schools by the National Authority for Quality Assurance of Education and Training (QAA), Education Ministry officials met representatives of some of the underperforming schools and briefed them on how they can improve their standards.
“Private Education director Ahlam Al Amer also explained the measures that would be taken against low-performing private schools,” said a ministry statement.
“Each school was briefed on the recommendations by the QAA, with the schools told to submit a development plan within two weeks.
“The ministry is currently working on training a team to provide technical and administrative support to these schools as well as introduce a culture of performance enhancement.
“Ms Al Amer stressed the importance of working seriously on improving the schools’ performances by turning challenges into opportunities, by building effective working teams, adopting mechanisms for monitoring and measuring impact.
“Also, optimal investment in human resources and materials will raise the quality of services provided to the students academically and personally as well as allocating a budget for programmes will raise teachers’ efficiency and develop their performance.”
The review of schools involved six experts observing lessons and other activities, scrutinising students’ written work and analysing the schools’ performance data and other documents.
The team also met staff members, students and parents.
Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi issued two decrees on the performance of private schools. The first was to encourage high-performing schools by granting them more ability to hire teachers, accept students and host activities.
The second included measures to be taken against low-performing schools to urge them to raise their standards.
The GDN previously reported that the number of approved private schools in Bahrain for the current academic year was 74, down two from 2014.
In March, 10 private schools that repeatedly violated regulations were banned from enrolling new students.
The violations included overcrowding, unapproved classes, lack of safety measures and illegal hiring of faculty members, among others.
The QAA judges schools on three aspects – the students’ academic achievements and personal development; the quality of teaching and learning as well as support and guidance; and leadership, management and governance.
The schools are then ranked as 1 (outstanding), 2 (good), 3 (satisfactory) or 4 (inadequate).