Thursday, 4 Mar 2021
As thousands of students across Oman prepare to head back to schools from September 2, shops and supermarkets selling school supplies have begun seeing increased footfall of parents and children.

PACP intensifies inspection ahead of new college academic year

Looking at the higher demand of college supplies, the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) has stepped in to intensify inspections to verify unreasonable hike in costs. PACP has also known as on shoppers to decide a price range prior to beginning the buy of college things to stay away from extravagance.

“PACP keeps a watch on the quality of goods and their prices throughout the year and during this season, prices are compared to check if there is an increase. If the standards are not met as per the prices, PACP will take necessary action against such outlets,” mentioned Ziad al Wahaibi, director of customer protection at PACP.

Wahaibi added, “There is a need for consumers to adopt a healthy culture of consumption by setting a budget for each student at home before starting to shop by making a list of important educational supplies required. We also advise consumers to report any market abuses through our various channels of communication.”

For several parents, back-to-college buying might be a stressful time as it is just following Eid. “It is quite difficult for many of us at this time of the year as our children start the new year just after Eid. It is not easy manage funds as we have to spend on both occasions. It is our responsibility as parents to look after our children’s needs and we can’t avoid it,” mentioned Saleh Hamad, a father of 5.

Work has currently began for the administrative, education supervisors and teaching employees in all governorates of the sultanate.

This year the quantity of teachers is anticipated to attain 56,091 and administrators and technicians will be 10,868. A committee tasked with following up the preparations for the new academic year has affirmed that schools are prepared to get students. According to the Ministry of Education mid-year trip for the educational, administrative and teaching employees at all the directorates of education in the governorates will be from February three to 7, 2019 and the academic year will resume on February 10, 2019.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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