The Qatar National School Accreditation (QNSA) unit for private schools has granted another three-year institutional accreditation to the Philippine School Doha (PSD).
This is the second time that the school has received QNSA certification, PSD principal Dr Alexander Acosta has said.
The QNSA evaluation team spent two weeks at PSD’s new campus in Abu Hamour before finalising their assessment, said Acosta.
“Once a school is granted an accreditation, it elevates the standards of the school and also gives the school administration the confidence that it is giving quality education to students," Acosta told Gulf Times.
“It is required in Qatar that all schools must undergo QNSA accreditation. While not all schools have received the grant as some are still applying or are at the candidacy stage, our school has been blessed with another three-year accreditation.”
Acosta stressed that PSD’s new campus played a significant role in receiving another three-year accreditation. In 2015, he said the evaluation team had recommended that PSD must have a permanent campus and complete facilities.
“We addressed all these recommendations here on the new campus, which adds to their criteria that PSD has a bigger chance to be granted the accreditation, plus our faculty and staff, particularly all our teachers who are all masters and doctorate degree holders,” the principal explained.
The Qatar National School Accreditation is equivalent to prevalent internationally acclaimed global accreditation systems in performance and quality, he observed. "Accreditation indicates that a school meets or exceeds established criteria within the profession for the assessment of institutional quality through a periodic process of self-study and peer review. An accredited school has the resources to achieve its stated purposes.”
PSD accreditation in-charge Dr Lorina S Villanueva said the accreditation process helped the school assess its quality “through a critical self-study, and through development and monitoring of a school improvement plan”.
“The assessment of quality included 107 indicators in 16 aspects under five key standards. The school submitted more than 200 documents to support the school’s application.
“This recent achievement of PSD certifies to the Filipino community that the institution is achieving its mission of providing worthy education through the appropriate use of its resources and its adherence to the criteria established for all institutions in the host country,” Villanueva said.
Acosta added, “I would like to thank the Qatar government and leadership, especially His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, for granting PSD this piece of land as its new campus, and for his concern for Filipinos here in Qatar, as well as the government agencies responsible for getting us the necessary permits to operate the new campus.
“Part of the success of the QNSA accreditation was because of the support of the parents, students under the Supreme Student Government, the leadership of the parent-teacher association and the board of directors headed by Mr Joseph Rivera, and to the entire PSD staff and the board of trustees led by Dr Gerardo Macasa.”