Training for Omani primary level teachers was first initiated in 1976. From there, training for preparatory and secondary education teachers was established. By 1984, the intermediate colleges for male and female teachers were established; intermediate colleges accept secondary education graduates and train them to be teachers, focusing on developing well-rounded teachers who have both scientific and educational backgrounds and an ability to be leaders in their communities.
By the mid-1980s the government began to put a greater emphasis on teacher training to reduce its dependency on foreign staff. In 1980-1981 only 11 percent of the teaching staff were native Omanis. Although this number has increased since then, having indigenous Omani teachers continues to be a national agenda.