Restructuring of the UAE education system; all changes explained – News

Multiple bodies have been set up to support the development of the sector

By a staff reporter

Published: Sun 22 May 2022, 15:06

Last update: Sun 22 May 2022, 15:11

The United Arab Emirates has announced a major overhaul of its education system, with the country’s vice president appointing three new ministers on Sunday. Multiple authorities have been created or restructured to support the development of the education sector.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, announced three sector ministers:

> Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi is Minister of Education. It will review all legislation and policies related to the country’s education system.

> Sarah Al Amiri is Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and President of the Emirates Schools Establishment. It will develop a comprehensive plan to modernize the country’s public schools.

> Sara Musallam is Minister of State for Early Childhood Education. She will oversee the new Federal Authority for Early Childhood Education.

New authorities, a system

The new structure of the education sector includes the Council for Education and Human Resources, the Federal Authority for the Quality of Education, the Ministry of Education, the Federal Authority for the Education of Early Childhood Education, Emirates School and local education authorities in each emirate. All these institutions will operate according to a specific system and competences.

> Federal authority for preschool education

He will develop and implement comprehensive plans to track development from birth to fourth year. Affiliated to the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, the authority will be responsible for developing policies, strategies, legislation and programs related to the educational needs of early childhood.

The authority will be responsible for establishing regulations and standards; licensing and monitoring public and private nurseries in the country in coordination with relevant local authorities; and working with parents to strengthen their role in early childhood.

> Ministry of Education

His responsibilities will include developing policies, strategies and legislation relating to public and higher education in the UAE.

Its functions include the management and development of the general education framework, programs and tools for the country’s public education public schools; curriculum development for compulsory teaching materials for private schools; establish standards and regulations; issue licenses; and the monitoring of private schools in coordination with the competent local authorities.

The ministry’s job is also to oversee international examinations in the country and manage their implementation in all public, private and higher education institutions.

Other responsibilities include the recognition of public and higher education institutions operating outside the country, the equivalence of certificates and qualifications they issue and the ratification of certificates and qualifications issued by public institutions and accredited higher education and training in the country.

> Federal Authority for Quality and Standards in Education.

Affiliated to the UAE Cabinet, the authority will measure academic achievement, student performance and the efficiency of the educational process.

The authority will be responsible for measuring the quality of education, auditing school results, early childhood education, kindergarten, public education and higher education. It will submit reports on the results and proposals to develop policies, strategies, legislation and programs.

> Restructuring of the Education and Human Resources Council

Chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the council will be responsible for overseeing the Future of Education project.

It will define the vision and goals of the education sector, develop the overall education framework and submit it to the UAE Cabinet for approval. It will develop educational policies and legislation. In addition, the council will monitor the performance of the sector.

> Establishment of Emirates Schools

It reports to the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates and is responsible for improving the efficiency of public schools and nurseries, overseeing public schools in the country and implementing policies, strategies and standards related to the development of the sector of education. education.


Under the new structure, the school will also specialize in the development of programs, activities and events for welcoming students to public schools, overseeing their implementation and proposing innovative models. and new to the operation of public schools to increase their efficiency.

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