Muscat: The officials at the Ministry of Education expressed hope that the teachers would end their strike soon, even as their strike continued for the tenth day, forcing the closure of more than 1,000 schools across the country.
Speaking after a press conference held at the Ministry of Education yesterday, the education ministry officials said the government should be given sufficient time to implement the demands of teachers.
Saud Al Balushi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Planning, said the ministry was working to improve the educational skills of students through a package of procedures and plans. He informed the ministry has already started implementing a plan to enable teachers to become better partners in the development and management of the education system in the Sultanate. He said projects are in place for rehabilitation and training of teachers within and outside the country.
Referring to the issue of establishing more schools, Al Balushi said the ministry was facing certain challenges and added that it has established a huge database for each school that contains all the relevant information.
As for the development of the education system in the Sultanate, Al Balushi said it takes years to develop the education sector and what is required is more patience and awareness.
On his part, Hamoud Al Harthy, undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Curriculum, said that formulating text books for schools needs more effort, time and expenditure.
Officials said the Ministry of Education would take legal action if the strike continued, adding, "We do not want to reach a stage where such procedures have to be resorted to. The ministry is not angry or upset about the demands raised by the teachers."