By Gavin Gibbon
UAE's Ministry of Education to stop homework at 256 schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from February 16
There are no plans to abolish homework in Dubai’s private schools according to the emirate’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
It was announced this week by the Ministry of Education that government-run schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will stop issuing homework to students.
Lubna Al Shamsi, acting executive director for schools, said homework would be abolished from February 16, impacting 256 schools across the country, 233 in Abu Dhabi and 23 in Dubai.
KHDA told Arabian Business: “We have not announced anything from our end for Dubai’s private schools.”
The move by the ministry will see lessons merged with no break, with Arabic, English, maths, science and design and technology classes all lasting 90 minutes. Lesson time will involve a five-minute period of mental stimulation, followed by 50 minutes of learning and the rest of the time spent on practical activities.
Gavin Walford-Wright, chief people, marketing and admissions officer, at Taaleem, which operates 13 schools ranging from British, American and International Baccalaureate curriculum, with over 12,000 pupils, told Arabian Business they had no plans to abolish homework completely.
He said: “We have found a middle ground with the introduction of ‘home practice’ at schools like Dubai British School Jumeirah Park. Taaleem believes that ‘home practice’ should be purposeful and not take too much of the child’s hometime; is flexible and easily adaptable to the pupil's schedule; does not require a lot of adult supervision; and is engaging and fun.”