UAE: Expert hails major plans to change education system – News

From regulations for self-study to vocational schools, the reforms will allow students to turn to entrepreneurship



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Published: Mon 28 Feb 2022, 17:44

Last update: Mon 28 Feb 2022, 18:15

The Ministry of Education recently announced that it is considering making changes to the education system in the United Arab Emirates.

These changes include obtaining school certificates online from outside the country, issuing regulations allowing self-education in the country, establishing schools for talented people, and expanding vocational schools.

A regional education expert said the Ministry of Education’s major plans in the country’s education system are a step to encourage students to embrace entrepreneurship and understand opportunities in evolving fields such as space, technology and advanced sciences.

Soraya Beheshti, regional director of Crimson Education Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said these changes to the regulatory framework of the UAE education system would place the UAE among the most progressive and innovative countries in the world.

“The planned changes will send a strong signal that the country supports its unique and ambitious vision for the future, and is ready to make significant changes to the country’s infrastructure to bring them to life,” she said. Khaleej Times.

Beheshti pointed out that some online schools, for example, are making a number of innovative changes that are in line with the UAE leadership’s “Next 50” goals, which emphasize entrepreneurial and applied education, design and innovation, and research.

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She noted that Crimson Global Academy (CGA), a new player in the online space, has a capability-centric approach to classifying students into classes. It also teaches students skills such as entrepreneurship, 3D game design, investment management, web development and design, robotics, debating, public speaking, coding, science of data and professional skills in addition to traditional British and American curricula.

In addition to standard GCSE, A Level and AP courses, CGA offers subjects such as Creative Engineering Design, Coding with Python and Business Economics, among others.

“Students can learn at their level, in classrooms guided by the best teachers around the world. Without e-learning this would not be possible. In an online classroom, students who wish to accelerate their learning and take courses above their level can do so without having to meet static requirements regarding the number of years they must spend in school. said Beheshti.

She explained that given the high proportion of expats in the UAE, many students in the country will have attended schools in two or more countries.

“Some of them will have attended up to five or six. Starting over at new schools, sometimes with new curricula and subjects, can be difficult for many children,” the education expert said.

“Recognizing online education will allow these families to enroll their children in quality schools that could bring a sense of consistency and stability to an otherwise unstable experience, and thus help ensure a smooth transition for these families. »

Prior to the changes, according to Beheshti, families might have been hesitant for fear that their online schooling would not be recognized by education regulators in the UAE.

The expert noted that the changes will also bring confidence to private sector companies who were worried about a gap in the labor market between certain in-demand skills and local supply.

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Sam D. Gomez