Plan to improve school buildings across country

DUBAI — A team from the US-based MJT Establishment met Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Education, on Wednesday to brief him on the outlines of a major plan it has mapped out for evaluating school buildings across the country, some of which are seen as appalling and unfit as seats of learning.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sat 16 Sep 2006, 9:26 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:24 PM

The aim of the four-phased plan is to renovate and update the campuses to match international standards.

Based on the plan, the evaluation of the school buildings and facilities will be conducted within the next four months. The plan includes gathering of information in association with an action team from the Ministry of Education, training of employees at the ministry on how to use the Basys programme to be applied in evaluating the school building in its present condition.

The programme is also applicable in detecting whether the campus is in consonance with the education process, its location, and its technical arrangement. The other phases include pinpointing the capacity of the school building, the optimal use of resources and equipment available at present.

The final stage of the plan entails furnishing a full-fledged report containing recommendations to the ministry. Dr Hanif said after the meeting that the action team would provide them with a comprehensive report on the present condition of the school buildings in comparison with international standards. The aim of the report is to hammer out the best ways for using the school campus and facilities as well as upgrading and updating the laboratories.

The move was taken following tours to a number of schools in the country, which were in an appalling condition, and needed to be evaluated for renovation and improvement to become suitable environments for education and learning, he added.

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