Nearly 750,000 stu­dents in sul­tanate’s schools

On av­er­age 11 stu­dents per teacher and 26 per class in 1,725 schools, says NCSI

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The num­ber of en­rolled stu­dents in public schools was 564,356, followed by pri­vate schools with 103,358 stu­dents at 13.8 per cent

The to­tal num­ber of stu­dents in the sul­tanate’s schools dur­ing the aca­demic year 2016/17 was 748,308 in 1,725 schools with an av­er­age of 26 stu­dents per class and 11 stu­dents per teacher.

Th­ese schools com­prised 28,879 classes, while the num­ber of teach­ers was 68,384, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sta­tis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI).

The sta­tis­tics bul­letin shows that stu­dents in the sul­tanate study in five types of schools – public, pri­vate, in­ter­na­tional (for­eign com­mu­ni­ties), pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion schools and other public schools.

The bul­letin showed that 75.4 per cent of the stu­dents were en­rolled in public schools.

The num­ber of en­rolled stu­dents in public schools was 564,356, followed by pri­vate schools with 103,358 stu­dents at

13.8 per cent. In­ter­na­tional schools and for­eign com­mu­nity schools ac­counted for 8.3 per cent with 61,930 stu­dents.

The per­cent­age of stu­dents in other public schools stood at 2.4 per cent with 18,148 stu­dents.

The high­est per­cent­age of stu­dents in the sul­tanate’s schools were en­rolled for ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion followed by those in grades five to ten which ac­counted for 39.7 per cent with 297,381 stu­dents. Of th­ese 152,704 were males and 144,677 fe­males.

Those in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion ac­counted for 31.4 per cent of the to­tal num­ber of stu­dents. The num­ber of stu­dents in this cat­e­gory stood at 234,843. Of th­ese 119,142 were males and 115,701 fe­males. There were 84,276 stu­dents (11.3 per cent) in the 11th and 12th grades of which 42,786 were males and 41,490 fe­males.

Kinder­gartens ac­counted for 10.4 per cent of the stu­dents with 78,019 stu­dents, in­clud­ing 39,217 males and 38,802 fe­males.

Other gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, which in­cludes gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion for grades 1-12 in in­ter­na­tional schools (for­eign com­mu­ni­ties) and other public schools, had com­prised 7.2 per cent of the stu­dents.

The num­ber of stu­dents in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion schools in­side and out­side the sul­tanate reached 549, in­clud­ing 336 males and 213 fe­males.

The num­ber of stu­dents in the sul­tanate reached 516 and out­side at 33. Men­tal dis­abil­ity was pre­dom­i­nant among stu­dents en­rolled in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion schools with a to­tal of 210 stu­dents, followed by 181 deaf and dumb stu­dents and 157 vis­ually im­paired stu­dents.

The num­ber of stu­dents in the lit­er­acy cen­tres in the sul­tanate stood at 6,935, (97.5 per cent were fe­males). The num­ber of stu­dents in adult ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres was 11,904, (of which 78 per cent were males).

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