Education and Schools in Oman
The standard of education and schools in Oman has improved in recent years, thanks to increased spending by the government. But thanks to the language barrier and cultural challenges, expat parents generally choose to send their children to private international schools in Oman, or send them to boarding school in their home country.
Public schools in Oman
There are many public schools in Oman, and education in these schools is free of charge until the end of secondary education. Omani government schools are single sex, with boys and girls attending separate schools.
Government schools largely cater for Omani nationals. Classes are taught in Arabic and follow an Islamic curriculum. Non-Muslim expats therefore may have difficulty enrolling their children in local schools in Oman.
International schools in Oman
There are a number of international private schools in Oman which cater for a variety of nationalities, including American, British, Indian, French, German and Japanese. Most of these are based in the capital, Muscat.
International schools in Oman generally offer a high standard of education and modern facilities. As such, many wealthy Omani nationals also enrol their children here.
Unlike government schools in Oman, most international schools are co-educational.
School runs from 8am to 2.30pm Sunday to Thursday. Some schools, particularly those catering for Asian expats, operate on two shifts, one in the morning and the other in the evening, to cater for the increased demand.
The cost of tuition at international schools in Oman is high and expats should ensure that they make provision for this in their contract negotiations when moving to Oman with children. Most schools demand that fees are paid upfront prior to the first day of term, and some schools even expect a non-refundable deposit and the provision of administration fees.
Due to the large expat community in Oman, demand for places at international schools is high and space limited. Expat parents need to consider their options carefully and plan well ahead of time.
Some schools require that children sit for an entrance exam.
Supporting documents that may be required include:
Completed school application form
Passport photos of the child
Copies of the child’s birth certificate
Up-to-date immunisation record
Reports from previous schools