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Oman - education

The education system has been characterized by rapid growth and modernization on a national and Muslim basis since the 1970's. This has led to a significant shortage of teachers, which has resulted in the employment of teachers from e.g. Egypt and Jordan.

Education in Oman

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The primary school for 6-12-year-olds, which like the rest of the education system is free and gender-segregated, is applied for by approximately 80%. This is followed by a six-year secondary school, which is only completed by approximately 10% (1994). Higher education can be acquired at Sultan Qabu University, founded in 1985, as well as at several other higher education institutions.

OFFICIAL NAME: Saltanat 'Uman

CAPITAL CITY: Muscat

POPULATION: 3,200,000 (Source: COUNTRYaah)

AREA: 309,500 km²

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE (S): Arabic, Urdu, Baluchi, Swahili, others

RELIGION: Muslims 88%, Hindus 7%, Christians 4%, others 1%

COIN: omani rial

CURRENCY CODE: OMR

ENGLISH NAME: Oman

POPULATION COMPOSITION: Omani Arabs 74%, Indians 13%, Bangladeshis 4%, Pakistanis 3%, Egyptians 2%, others 4%

GDP PER residents: $ 29800 (2013)

LIFE EXPECTANCY: men 73 years, women 77 years (2014)

INDEX OF LIVING CONDITIONS, HDI: 0.783

INDEX OF LIVING CONDITIONS, POSITION: 56

INTERNET DOMAIN NAME: .about

POPULATION

Oman, sultanate with autocratic rule in the Arabian Peninsula. Until 1970, Oman was a highly isolated community with living conditions as they had been for centuries: village and Bedouin communities with frequent civil wars and widespread slavery. Having taken over power from his father, Sultan Qabus has led a comprehensive and successful modernization, based on the country's oil revenues and with extensive use of imported labor and technology.

Oman - Constitution

Oman is a hereditary autocratic monarchy. It was given a Basic Statute of the State in 1996 by Royal Decree. A two-chamber parliament was set up and civil rights were guaranteed to all citizens. The Sultan, who is nominally Minister of State as well as Foreign, Defense and Finance, rules with the advice of a Council of Ministers, which he himself appoints and presides over, but he may prefer to appoint a Prime Minister.

A lower house, Majlis al-Shura, has 83 members elected by universal suffrage for four years. It has limited rights to legislate and is largely an advisory body only. The upper house, Majlis al-Dawlah, has 58 members appointed by the sultan among prominent citizens. The members sit for four years. The upper house has only advisory functions.

The two houses of Parliament are collectively referred to as The Council of Oman.

 
 
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