By Matthew Southwell
Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has successfully completed two IT projects that have seen the implementation of IT labs at 147 preparatory schools across the UAE and the connection of 438 schools to the MoE.
Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has successfully completed two IT assignments designed to enhance its schooling system. Carried out in conjunction with Al Yousuf Computers, the projects have seen the implementation of fully equipped IT labs at 147 preparatory schools across the UAE and the connection of 438 schools to the MoE.Before the implementation, data regarding students’ registration and grades was delivered to the ministry on a floppy disk at the beginning and the end of each academic year. Not only was this system slow, but it also denied the MoE access to information on a regular basis.“To improve communication between the Ministry and schools spanning the UAE, it was crucial that we all be able to access up-to-date and centralised information whenever and wherever it was needed,” says Mohamed Bin Hindi, under secretary for financial & administrative affairs, Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi. With the new system now in place, the communication of data is more secure, more accurate and much less-time consuming. It also provides the MoE with vital access to up-to-date information across the academic year.“The installation of a strong network of IT labs in schools throughout the nation was an important achievement in our plan to make today’s advanced technologies available to our students for the benefit of tomorrow’s UAE,” comments Bin Hindi.As part of the project, Al Yousuf Computers supplied the MoE schools with a total of 747 NEC PCs, 126 Epson Stylus Color 1160 printers, 438 Lucent routers, 3,749 network points, 268 switches and an NEC server.