RAMALLAH, Sunday, August 20, 2023 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh officially inaugurated today the new school year 2023-2024 under the theme "Protecting Education." The opening ceremony took place at Deir Dibwan Industrial Secondary School, to the northeast of Ramallah.
The event was attended by the Governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh, Leila Ghannam, and the Minister of Education, Marwan Awartani, along with other officials.
The Ministry of Education said in a press statement that more than 1.4 million students are enrolling in schools for the new academic year. Of these students, 915,327 are attending government schools, distributed across 2,364 schools. Additionally, 342,955 students are attending schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), distributed to 384 schools. Furthermore, 149,870 students are attending private schools, which comprise a total of 487 schools.
The statement said the total number of teachers has reached 77,234. Among these, 54,081 teachers will be teaching in government schools, 12,183 in UNRWA schools, and 10,970 in private schools.
Prime Minister Shtayyeh underscored the government's commitment to providing quality education and ensuring a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students.
The theme "Protecting Education" reflects the challenges faced by Palestinian schools and students, including issues related to access to education, school infrastructure, and the impact of the political situation on the learning process.