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Upgrade plan revealed for Abu Dhabi schools

All gov't schools in UAE capital to see changes introduced by 2016 - ADEC.

Education chiefs in Abu Dhabi have announced plans to upgrade all government schools in the UAE capital over the next six years.

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) said the proposals would be introduced in phases in an effort to avoid disruption to pupils and would be completed by 2015-16.

"By enhancing schools to meet world class standards, ADEC is providing the facilities and resources necessary for the highest quality of education. Improving schools is a key element of ADEC's 10-Year Strategic Plan," said Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, director general of ADEC.

"We understand the importance of student learning environments and aim to provide the best possible atmosphere to help inspire minds and show our commitment to excellence in education," he added in comments published by news agency WAM.

The fundamentals of the new school model include: bilingual (Arabic and English) studies starting from kindergarden level, a new curriculum to roll out for all schools, career guidance, a new new student assessment system and new organisational structure to correspond with the size of each school.

Al Khaili said the new school model would prepare students to contribute to, and be competitive in, the global market while preserving national identity, local culture, and traditions.

"ADEC's vision is to deliver a high quality education system that enables all learners to reach their full potential to support Abu Dhabi's growth and prosperity," he added.

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