The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) will open the first technical high school for girls in Qatar this September, in time for the upcoming academic year 2020–21.

The Qatar Technical Secondary School for Girls will have an inaugural class of 90 students, who have completed grade 9 successfully. Students who meet the admissions requirements will be eligible to attend grade 10 in the 2020–21 academic year. According to the ministry, admissions will be open for Qatari nationals, children of Qatari mothers or children born in Qatar.

Online registration will be open from 16 August to 3 September 2020.

The new school will play a major role in enhancing the technical and vocational education system in Qatar, and expand the contribution of Qatari women in the country’s development.

The school’s educational plan consists of academic and technical subjects to prepare students for post-secondary education and successful careers such as Arabic, Islamic studies, English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, science, social science and physical education.

The technical subjects, however, will be taught based on the students’ discipline of choice, which include laboratory technicians, electronics and communications, and Information Technology (IT).

Upon graduation, girls specialising as laboratory technicians will earn Australia’s International TAFE Certificate II in laboratory sampling and measurement. They can pursue their careers as laboratory technicians in a variety of sectors, including health, environment, and industry. Additionally, they can continue their graduate studies in chemical engineering.

Girls specialising in electronics and communications will be awarded Australia’s International TAFE Certificate II in electronics. They can seek jobs in a variety of relevant sectors and organizations. Also, they can continue their university studies in electronics, power, or communications engineering either locally or internationally.

Girls specialising in Information Technology (IT) will earn the Microsoft Office Applications Specialist certification and the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification, which is intended for IT students who wish to pursue a career in network infrastructure and management.

Furthermore, they can continue their graduate studies in information technology and computer engineering. IT specialists can be involved in various roles relating to installing and configuring desktops, laptops, and core networks. Also, they can professionally use Microsoft Office applications after earning the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. Other areas of specialisation include Windows application installation, upgrade, and management, as well as computer network connection. They can also be involved in installing servers’ protocols services and network security. IT graduates can also pursue their careers as network administrators, network developers, IT solutions engineers or systems engineers.