UAE announces major structural changes to its education system

Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, UAE
The new structure will include  Education and Human Resources Council, Federal Authority for Quality of Education, Ministry of Education, Federal Authority for Early Childhood Education, Emirates Schools Establishment and the local educational authorities in each emirate

Dubai, May 22, 2022: The UAE has announced major restructuring to the education system, including the appointment of news ministers. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has appointed three new ministries to support the development of the education sector. 

Legislations and policies related to education in the country will be reviewed by Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education. 

Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and Chairwomen of the Emirates Schools Establishment

Sarah Al Amiri has been appointed as the Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and Chairwomen of the Emirates Schools Establishment. She will develop a comprehensive plan to upgrade public schools in the country. 

Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education, will supervise the newly established Federal Authority for Early Education. 

The new structure in the education system will include the Education and Human Resources Council, Federal Authority for Quality of Education, Ministry of Education, Federal Authority for Early Childhood Education, Emirates Schools Establishment and the local educational authorities in each emirate, which  will function as per one system and specific competencies. 

The Federal Authority for Quality and Standards of Education

Measuring the quality of education, auditing educational outputs related to education, early childhood education, kindergarten, public education, and higher education in addition to submitting reports on the results and proposals to develop policies, strategies, legislation and curricula, will be the responsibilities of the Federal Authority for Early Childhood Education.

Federal Authority for Early Childhood Education

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Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education

The authority’s responsibility is to develop and implement comprehensive plans to follow up the child development from birth to the fourth grade while developing policies, strategies, legislations and programmes related to the education needs of early childhood. 

The Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education will develop policies, strategies and legislation related to public and higher education in the UAE. Its functions include managing and developing the general education framework, curricula and tools for government public education schools in the country, developing curricula for compulsory educational materials for private schools, setting standards and regulations, issuing licenses and monitoring private schools in coordination with the competent local authorities.

The work of the ministry also consists of supervising international exams in the country and managing their implementation in all public, private and higher education institutions, in coordination with the concerned authorities. This is in addition to the recognition of public and higher education institutions operating outside the country, equivalency of certificates and qualifications they grant, and ratification of certificates and qualifications issued by public and higher education and training institutions licensed within the country.

The Emirates Schools Establishment

Its responsibility is to enhance the efficiency of government schools and nurseries, supervising public schools in the country, and implementing policies, strategies and standards related to the development of the education sector.

Under the new structure, the establishment will also be specialised in developing student care programmes, activities and events in public schools, supervising their implementation, and proposing innovative and new models for operating public schools to raise their efficiency.

Education and Human Resources Council

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The Council will be responsible for supervising the project of the Future of Education. It will set the vision and objectives of the education sector, developing the general framework for education and submitting it to the UAE Cabinet for approval. It will develop educational policies and legislation.In addition, the council will follow up the performance of the sector.