urged to adopt modern methods

Filed on December 19, 2009

DUBAI - His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has urged education officials and experts to have students as the focus of the process of education as well as to avoid dictation in the teaching process.

He made these remarks at a two-day workshop organised by the Ministry of Education at Bab Al-Shams resort to develop a long-term education plan for the countryís schools. Present at the meeting was Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami.

Shaikh Mohammed spoke with senior officials of the ministry and Arab and foreign members of the academic community who are participating in the workshop.

He also urged them to give students the opportunity to express themselves and their views in classes. He criticised some teachersí approach to teaching whereby they take up the whole duration of classes, therefore missing the opportunity to know for sure whether students assimilate or even understand the subject.

He also urged teachers to leave routine approaches for modern methods so that teachers could stimulate creativity and achieve active construction of knowledge, create significant contexts for learning and promote reflection.

On his part, Al -Qattami said the educational strategy under consideration realises the ambitions visualised by the Cabinetís strategy which was announced by Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid. The strategy will be launched by Shaikh Mohammed in 2010.

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