Retraining at UAE state schools to help build capacity

Look Back 2012: The year in review for schools across the UAE.

An Emirati teacher interacts with Grade 3 boys at the Al Aasimah School in Shamkha in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National
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February

Authorities turned their focus to retraining staff at state schools this year, and building local capacity.

More than 150 Emirati teachers from schools operated by the Abu Dhabi Education Council were sent back to federal higher education institutions to take a one-year course in early childhood education and strengthen their English language skills.

Encouraging more Emiratis to join the profession also gained priority and the Ministry of Education promoted experienced teachers, while the government approved a performance-based salary increase.

In the capital, a handful of Emirati men began working as teachers in state schools for the first time in more than four years.

Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority announced new rules for private schools looking to raise their fees.

The new system bases annual increases on inspection results and inflation in the sector.

Schools that do well in inspections can charge more, but many schools suffered as a result and the policy lead to the closure of at least two schools.