[lg policy] State Council reviews role of education and importance of Arabic

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed May 23 15:11:22 EDT 2018

State Council reviews role of education and importance of Arabic
May 22, 2018
Muscat -

The State Council discussed at its tenth meeting a proposal on ‘Development
of Educational Training System’ by the Education and Research committee.

At the meeting chaired by H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, chairman
of the State Council, in the presence of bureau members and the secretary
general of the council, the discussions dwelt on several subjects, stated a
press release.

In this regard, the bureau hosted Hon Dr Abdullah bin Mubarak al Shanfri,
committee head for discussing the proposal which aims to identify the
current reality associated with the role of education in imparting among
the learners, the practical skills necessary to engage in the labour
market, and to forge a clearer vision of linking theoretical education with
practical operational aspects.

The proposal will be presented at the forthcoming regular session of the
council, following the inclusion of the observations made by the members of
the bureau.

During the meeting, the bureau also hosted Hon Raya Salim Said al Manthri
for discussion on the ‘Language Policy Proposal in the Sultanate, its
Reality and its Challenges and Mechanisms for their Development and

Hon Raya explained that one of the objectives of the proposal is to
identify the reality of using Arabic in the sultanate, highlight its
challenges and its effects and to formulate appropriate proposals through
which the status of the Arabic language can be highlighted.

It also aims to ensure that its usage is promoted in various governmental
and private institutions and propose a law or an official document to
protect the Arabic language in addition to the proposal of the appropriate
government entity which could be the official reference to this document
and follow up on the implementation of the policies contained therein.

The bureau also discussed the proposal by the committee on Education and
Research on the study, ‘Strengthening the Role of Education in Supporting
the Knowledge-based Economy’.

It reviewed the proposal by the committee on Culture, Information and
Tourism on the ‘The Traditional Crafts: Reality and Ambition Culture’.
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