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The development of the education system in Qatar: assessing the intended and unintended impacts of privatization policy shifts

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submitted on 2023-09-10, 06:16 and posted on 2023-09-10, 11:49 authored by Hira Amin, Logan Cochrane

Qatar is caught in the struggle between reformation of its educational system to create a dynamic, local workforce and prepare their citizens for the competitive global market for higher education and jobs, whilst preserving the country’s values, tradition and language. This paper examines the recent policy shifts, hitherto underexplored, analysing the intended and unexpected impacts that influenced subsequent policy reform. It begins with a background on neoliberal educational policies followed by a historical account of the education system, with a focus on post-2011 where the government introduced a voucher system to further privatization. Using quantitative longitudinal analyses based on tabulating detailed government educational reports from 2010 onwards, it aims to investigate the impact of these post-2011 policies on the number of schools, students, gender and demographic composition in the government and private schooling sector. The data illustrates how a simple, linear trend of privatization has not occurred and that significant demographic changes have begun to surface between government and private schools. If these trends continue at the same rate across the next decade, this will likely result in transformative social changes and divisions in relation to identity, language, gender, cultural values, socio-economic status, higher education choices and job opportunities.

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Published in: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
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  • English


Taylor & Francis

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  • 2023

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  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Islamic Studies - HBKU
  • College of Public Policy - HBKU

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