UAE mulls major shake-up of education, health

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed says progress in sectors does not meet 'aspirations or expectations'
UAE mulls major shake-up of education, health
The cabinet meeting willl be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 03 Dec 2013 08:16 PM

The UAE's Cabinet will next week hold a two-day special session to discuss a major overhaul of the country's education and health sectors.

Led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the meeting will also include all federal ministers, news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

It said ministers will discuss "innovative ideas" and will set up a Government Innovative Laboratory.

Sheikh Mohammed also called on Emiratis to participate in what is being dubbed the world's largest brainstorming meeting.

"The session will come up with resolutions that can overhaul the health and education sectors," WAM said.

Sheikh Mohammed urged citizens and residents to propose creative ideas for health and education via his Twitter account.

He said: "The education and health sectors are the UAE's main national issues yet the progress attained so far does not meet our aspirations and expectations."

He added that the development of education was a historic responsibility.

"We ask youth, men and women to suggest ideas and proposals on the development of education and health. We are looking forward to the largest national brainstorming session to discuss new solutions. I'm optimistic because citizens rise to the occasions whenever approached to contribute to innovative ideas."

A panel will analyse proposals and submit them to the Cabinet to discuss them during the session. The proposals endorsed by the Cabinet will be announced immediately after the session.

In October, the UAE's Cabinet approved a AED140bn federal budget for 2014-16, with 21 percent of the budget allocated to both general and higher education sectors.

The cabinet also allocated AED3.7bn to the health sector.

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