MoE, zones will not interview principals

DUBAI - Neither the Ministry of Education nor the education zones will be responsible any more for oral or written interviews of private schools’ principals. Only the administrations of those schools are to take this responsibility, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on condition of anonymity.

By Mohsen Rashid

Published: Mon 28 Aug 2006, 9:55 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:18 PM

The syllabi and books, be they American or British of any newly-licensed school, are still to be endorsed by education zones in coordination with the MoE, he stressed. The recruitment of education and administrative staff, he maintained, is also the responsibility of school administrations. The licence-holder, however, is to be held responsible for any violations.

In cooperation with the education zones, the administrations of Arabic and foreign schools are to prepare and submit regular reports on the performance of schools, their compliance with the set syllabi, rules, regulations, and licence conditions.

Their cadres’ performance and other recommendations are to be thoroughly covered as well, he added.

Directors of education zones are responsible for collecting books and fees of all private schools, endorse certificates of students’ results, and transfer them inside or outside the country. This decision is applicable to both government and private schools. The approval of staff resignations, whether a substitute is available or not, and the preparation of statements on nominees for promotion are also part of their responsibility, he said.

Regarding exceptional cases of admission age in nursery and first elementary schools, be they government or private, education directors are entitled to settle on only a maximum range of 30 days. Only the Minister of Education is to decide on the other cases exceeding 30 days, he pinpointed.

Adding up more classes to school premises is the responsibility of education directors, with the exception of schools affiliated to embassies. Besides, education zones are also entitled to change the syllabi of schools and principals in case of negligence, he concluded.

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