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OMAN PRIVATE K12 EDUCATION Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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  • 130 Pages
  • January 2022
  • Region: Oman
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5012758

The Oman Private K12 Education market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% during the forecasted period. In 2016 the public schools in Oman accounted for over 78 per cent of the K-12 enrolments. However, the private sector enrolments have increased at a CAGR of 8.3 per cent between 2011 and 2016 compared to only 1.2 per cent in public schools. The private sector is fast expanding throughout Omani education sector. Also since the government has made enrolments mandatory for students aged six to 17, primary and secondary enrolments recorded higher Gross Enrolment Ratio.

Key Market Trends

Government initiatives - National Education Strategy 2040

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is responsible for pre-primary, primary, and secondary segments and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) is responsible for managing the basic and higher education segments in Oman. Each agency receives separate funding to support and guide affiliated educational institutions. The MoE has the authority to approve the increment in fees of private schools depending upon the performance of the schools. In addition to the administrative and regulatory bodies, the Education Council plays an important role in formulating policies and provision of legislative proposals to both the MoE and Ministry of Higher Education. In 2010, the government established the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), an independent entity, to provide quality of higher education at par with international standards. In 2016, the government made mandatory for OAAA accreditation for all higher education institutions.

In 2018, the Oman government allocated OMR 1.6 billion (US$ 4.1 billion), equivalent to 12.6% of the total expenditure towards the education sector. Despite a reduction in the government's allocation to the education sector from 21.0% in 2016, it continues to strongly emphasize on the growth of the sector. The government has developed a national Technological, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) strategy to bridge the gap between the job market and the skills of fresh graduates. Further, it also aims to achieve an enrolment rate of 50% at the higher education level by 2020. Recently, the government launched the 'National Education Strategy 2040' aimed at equipping young Omani’s with the skills required to be competitive in a knowledge-based economy by offering international standard systems. In order to boost tertiary enrolments, the MoHE had allocated approximately 500 internal scholarships to study educational majors at private universities such as Sharqiyah, Nizwa, Sohar and Dhofar in 2018. These initiatives are likely to remain an important source of encouragement to nationals as well as expatriates to pursue higher education in Oman rather than pursuing international degrees abroad.

Shift towards Private Schools

Oman’s private school market has the potential to grow to double the current value till 2025.With the rapidly increasing population and the compulsory education till secondary grade rule of government, the enrollments in schools are expected to increase year by year. With only 23 per cent of Oman’s 730,000 students being enrolled in private schools, showcases that the sector has plenty of room for growth. The enrollment in private schools in Oman has grown at a seven per cent CAGR, whereas enrollment in public schools has only grown at a two per cent CAGR. This trend is expected to continue, though at a slightly slower rate. The Omanis are now placing more value on the quality of education than ever before, and the government is engaging with the private sector to increase enrollment in pre-schools. The private K12 school market is highly fragmented, composed mostly of standalone private schools, and there is a need for high-quality private international schools with low- to mid-range fees.

Competitive Landscape

The Oman Private K12 Education market is relatively fragmented with numerous private schools such as Azzan Bin Qais International School, The American International school of Muscat, The British school Muscat, Muscat International Schools, Al Injaz private School and The International School of Choueifat - Muscat providing quality education with international curriculums. The Omani sector is relatively immature, with a restrictive regulatory environment. Government scholarships favour public school students, placing private school students at a slight disadvantage if they hope to be selected for scholarships to study abroad. Despite these challenges the government is uplifting the private sector in order to boost the economy further.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study
2.1 Analysis Methodology
2.2 Research Phases
4.1 Current Market Scenario
4.2 Market Dynamics
4.2.1 Drivers
4.2.2 Restraints
4.2.3 Opportunities
4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.4 General Trends in Education Market
4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.5.4 Threat of New Entrants
5.1 By Geography
5.1.1 North Region
5.1.2 West region
5.1.3 South Region
5.1.4 East Region
5.2 By Source of Revenue
5.2.1 Kindergarten
5.2.2 Primary
5.2.3 Intermediary
5.2.4 Secondary
5.3 By Curriculum
5.3.1 American
5.3.2 British
5.3.3 Arabic
5.3.4 CBSE
5.3.5 Others
6.1 Market Concentration Overview
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Azzan Bin Qais International School
6.2.2 The American International school of Muscat
6.2.3 The British School Muscat
6.2.4 Muscat International Schools
6.2.5 Al Injaz Private School
6.2.6 The International School of Choueifat - Muscat*

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Azzan Bin Qais International School
  • The American International school of Muscat
  • The British School Muscat
  • Muscat International Schools
  • Al Injaz Private School
  • The International School of Choueifat – Muscat*