Muscat: Oman’s education sector will see more than 2,700 expatriate teachers currently employed in various schools replaced by qualified Omanis.
This was announced by Oman’s Ministry of Education (MoE). As per a statistical report published last year by National Centre for Statistics and Information, (NCSI) sectors that employed expatriate women included Education sector closely followed by Health and Social activities, and other service activities. The NCSI data also revealed that Indian women lead the list of women employed in government sector in 2019 closely followed by Egyptian women.
Omanis set to take over will have passed relevant qualifying tests and other necessary criteria to be eligible for employment. The MoE also said that the number of Omani teachers appointed will continue to increase till the start of the academic year as there are many specialized vacant positions that need to be filled. The MoE’s initiatives have stemmed from the announcement of Oman’s Labour Ministry to provide jobs for more citizens.
Per a 2020 bulletin of NCSI there has been an 18.8 per cent decline in the expatriate workforce in government sector and 12 per cent in the private sector compared to previous year.
During the current academic year 2020/2021, the total number of teaching staff in public schools across the Sultanate stands at 56,827 which include both male and female teachers.
The majority of the teaching staff are Omani with over 48,000 engaged in this profession. A further break-down indicate the number being dominated by female teachers by almost 73 per cent.