NCC gives call for grooming scientific cadre

ABU DHABI — Members of the Abu Dhabi National Consultative Council (NCC) yesterday called on the authorities to extend priority to scientific and technical education streams and to augment the budget so as to step up quality in the education sector.

By Atef Hanafi

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Published: Tue 13 Jun 2006, 10:11 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:21 PM

During the session of the house held at Al Hosn Palace under chairmanship of Abdullah Mohamed Al Masaoud, the NCC Speaker, members stressed on the importance of setting up a scientific research centre to unearth qualified cadres in the niche fields. The council apparently reviewed a report prepared by the Educational and Information Affairs Committee regarding performance evaluation of both the government and private education sectors in Abu Dhabi.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Sultan bin Sorour Al Dhahiri, a council member, sought to link higher education with various specialisations to be able to plug severe shortages in the labour market. He called for augmenting the plans and strategies of the Abu Dhabi Educational Council with regard to curriculum improvement and educational methods besides enhancing the partnership between private and government education institutions to arrive at a comprehensive method for evaluating teachers and salaries as also incentives and curricula.

Member Ghaith bin Hamil Al Ghaith urged the council to set up a scientific research centre.

Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Jabara Al Marar called for measures to overcome the General Secondary School Certificate-phase exam phobia.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Nassiri called for increasing the education sector budget and for giving attention to technical education. He also warned against the tendency of private schools to slash salaries of teachers.

Sultan bin Ghanoum confirmed that there remained about 1,000 students who struggled to find seats in government universities, some of them even pariahs to private education. He stressed on the importance of financial support for such students and called for stepping up education budget.

Meanwhile, the educational committee, in its final report, stood for reviewing the policy for framing curricula and for increasing the participation of society with emphasis on special needs of students.



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