IntroductionThe country is not oblivious to the changing demands of the present times. In fact, it has engaged itself towards reforms and initiatives to cope up with the everyday changing needs of the various industries that affect its growth and development. Moreover, the country recognizes the vital role education plays to meet the demands of the changing times. The country deemed it imperative that as early as now the public and private sectors take part and look into what it can contribute to the betterment and improvement of the educational system if they want to be competitively and globally excelling in all areas.
It is very noteworthy to mention Saif bin Ali bin Saif Al-NuemiÃÂÃÂs paper on ÃÂÃÂDeveloping Secondary Education in OmanÃÂÃÂ where he placed the value of education as an arm ÃÂÃÂfor a change in the futureÃÂÃÂ to improve and revitalize the process of developmentÃÂÃÂ (1). He emphasized the interrelationship among education, change and development.
With this in view, he discussed the reforms that should be made in the last two years in secondary school and the familyÃÂÃÂs and the two sectorsÃÂÃÂ, public and private, roles in education. More significantly, he described the ÃÂÃÂcurrent situation of secondary education in Oman, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as the importance of teacher training for this type of educationÃÂÃÂ as well as the governmentÃÂÃÂs policy towards educational reform (Nuemi, n.d.). Nuemi recognizes the relevant phase of secondary education in the educational system. He refers to this as ÃÂÃÂa decisive turning point in the life of the great majority of young boys and girlsÃÂÃÂ (5). In this phase, students must have acquired the general culture, social and ethical values, and have attained the skills and competencies for them to survive university demands and at the end, success in their own lives (Nuemi, n.d.).