By Andy Sambidge
Minister announces 50 initiatives by 2020 including new system to recruit teachers.
A recruitment system for staff in public and private schools in the UAE is to be set up as part of a 10-year strategy to improve education in the country.
Hamid al-Qatami, Minister of Education, confirmed that a total of 50 initiatives would be introduced within the new framework to be completed by 2020.
The performance of teachers will be evaluated with training programmes set up for each individual. Incentive systems will also be introduced which will be linked to performance.
He said a large number of the initiatives focused on "improving the educational attainments of students to match the highest global levels through curricula restructuring, and improving the competencies of teaching staff".
Education chiefs will restructure the curricula to achieve a balance between knowledge and educational material in subjects like science, mathematics and English".
Kindergarten, primary and secondary education will be restructured, he said, while the Islamic education curriculum would be developed "in order to promote multi-cultural tolerance among young Muslims".
The Ministry of Education confirmed in a statement that the new strategy was ready for implementation.
"This strategy is distinct in its focus on quality in implementing initiatives and achieving goals, leading to the improvement in scientific output and the elevation of the UAE's global position in the educational sphere," the statement added.
As a former internal advisor to MOE, this sounds all too familiar, letâ€™s hope they have the funds, human capital and focus to see it through this time with results! Every time these initiatives are launched, stall and then repackaged and launched, the senior management and a number of consulting firmâ€™s still prosper and move on to new pastures but spare a thought for the poor k-12 school children in government schools who see no improvement and no new resources due to a wasted education budget.
I think we've heard this speech before.... How about some substance this time. Sack the consultants and focus the available funds on schools and teachers!