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US firm tasked with improving Abu Dhabi schools

AdvancED will have 'positive impact on the quality of schools' - ADEC director general.

Abu Dhabi has signed an agreement with an American education body to improve the standards at the capital’s schools.

Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, director general of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) said he was confident AdvancED, which serves 27,000 public and private schools across the world, would “have a positive impact on the quality of schools in Abu Dhabi.”

According to a report in the National, all schools in Abu Dhabi will have to be accredited by the firm within eight years.

“It’s a positive move,” Clive Pierrepont, the director of communications and marketing at Taaleem, the UAE’s second-largest private school operator, told the paper.

His schools are already in the process of acquiring the accreditation, he said.

While Dr George Robinson, superintendent of the American Community School (ACS), told the national: “Having an accreditation model with standards in terms of governance of schools is without question best practice.”

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