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Auther : By Dr. Sadeq J. Ismail


The qualitative growth in Education that took place in the Arabian Gulf States is a recent development that could be traced to the last few decades.  The qualitative growth however, has been lagging, inspite of the continuous attempts of different governments, in the area, to deal with it.

Serious problems have been plaguing the educational system in many of the Gulf States.  Studying the latest statistics about the system in different States, one can easily recognize:

1.     The lack of balance between male and female enrollment and between the urban and rural constituencies.

2.     The overwhelming enrollment at the traditional schools (Arts and Sciences), versus the professional as well as the vocational and technical institutes.

This article traces the development and tries to evaluate the efficiency of the educational systems in Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.  For this end the author sets a conceptual evaluative framework that emphasizes the qualitative as well as the quantitative aspects of the system.  In analyzing the different educational systems of the States studied, the following aspects were presented:

-       The educational ladder.

-       The curricula.

-       Teacher preparation.

-       The administrative structure of the Ministry.

-       The educational facilities.

The conclusions and recommendations reached covered two main aspects of the educational process; namely the educational goals and their meeting of the challenge of the time.

Educational goals were:

1.     Lacking of comprehensiveness.

2.     Need to be developed after thorough research and studies of the societies characteristics and needs.

3.     Need to be stated behaviorally with definite objectives.

Education in the Arabian Gulf seems to be lacking the scientific approach needed for its development.  In the absence of a conceptual framework, the systems are still administered in an improperly planned manner.  Such concepts as the democratization of education, scientific management, educational planning, and innovation are still far from the actual seen.

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