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Malek Helali
THE Qatari Commission for Education, Culture and Science organised a workshop on educational accountability in collaboration with the Doha UNESCO Office on Sunday.
Secretary-General of the Qatari commission Dr Hamda al Sulaiti highlighted the findings of the 2017-2018 global education index report issued annually by the UNESCO and focusing on educational accountability this year.
The report indicates that 100 million youngsters cannot read, 264 million children and youngsters haven't received any education, four out of five primary schools in the southern African desert have no access to electricity, one out of seven primary school teachers are untrained, millions are receiving an education in a language they do not understand, and four out of five countries have not made pre-primary education mandatory.
Sulaiti stressed on the importance of accountability in education and its role in addressing educational issues and advancing education. She added that education is a partnership between individuals and institutions and accountability cannot occur randomly.
"Problems should not be judged without considering their direct causes and circumstances in order not to hold entities accountable for outcomes that go beyond their control," she said.
According to the secretary general, accountability assists individuals and institutions in diagnosing their weaknesses and flaws in order to implement adequate reforms based on transparent and positive criticism.
She further pointed out that the government's role in designing and applying measures of accountability goes beyond legislation and needs to be actively reinforced in practice as in the case of Qatar that has come a long way in this field.
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